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Monday, May 25, 2009

Blueberry Crumb Cake, Fats Domino and Blue Monday







Blueberries - partie un: What sparked this meme? I knew I was under fire when the second volley of berries hit me. He was a two-something minx who'd been left sitting in the grocery cart and was using the alone time to raid the berry basket and have a little target practice. That would be me. He was awfully cute; chances are he'll grow up to become a gunnery sergeant - if his mother doesn't kill him first. I held my ground lest he try to stand in the cart before she returned. My 40 yard dash was once the envy of the neighborhood and I stood at the ready should my prowess be needed to prevent bashed brains or sundry injuries. The adrenalin coursed until Mom returned, confirming to me yet again that God takes care of fools, drunks and mischievous baby boys.

Blueberries - partie deux: Ah, the music. Saddle shoes. Poodle skirts. Sock hops. I was 14 when he - all 15 years of him - asked me to dance. This was the song. The path to the altar was neither smooth or straight but we eventually got there. By that time, folk music, protest movements and coffee houses had replaced rock and roll and sock hops had gone the way of the dinosaur. The Weaver's trumped Fats Domino and folks stopped dancing altogether, but it's lovely to sit here in my December and remember the world when it was very young.

Blueberries - partie trois: Finally, it's time to eat, so grab a fork and belly up to the bar. I'm trying to reach the bottom of the freezer before the start of the new berry season. In order to do that, I've decided to have a blueberry bonanza - the first ever theme week on One Perfect Bite. Over the course of the next 7 days you're bound to find something you'll like. So, I hope you share my love of berries and will visit everyday to see what we're up to. First up is a crumb cake based on one developed by Ina Garten. Let's get the berrython started.


Blueberry Crumb Cake
Ingredients:
Streusel Topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Cake:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (3/4 stick)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 large lemon
2/3 cup reduced-fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup blueberries (if using frozen do not thaw)
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling

Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round baking pan.
2) To make streusel, place granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Stir in melted butter. Add flour. Mix well. Set Aside.with fork to combine and then the flour. Mix well and set aside.
3) To make the cake, cream butter and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and creamy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, just until incorporated. Add vanilla, lemon zest and yogurt. Place flour, baking powder,, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Whisk to combine. Slowly add flour mixture and beat on low speed just till combined. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with a knife or offset spatula. Crumble streusel topping over batter. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer cake to a rack to cool. Let sit for 20 minutes. Remove from cake pan and cool to room temperature. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Transfer to cale plate. Yield: 8 servings.

I'm send this to Smiling Sally for her Blue Monday event.

41 comments:

Martha said...

This is a favorite cake of ours -- actually, I've never had an Ina recipe disappoint.

girlichef said...

You've got me rollin' over here...I can just picture that little bugger! Fun post, great photos and yummy, yummy cake :D

the ungourmet said...

This crumb cake looks absolutely delectable! I am a huge blueberry fan!

I really like the blueberry slide show, it really adds pizazz to your post.

Anne Fannie said...

That looks so yummy!
I love blueberries and so fitting for Blue Monday!
~Ann

Snoopygie said...

yummy, happy blue monday.

Donna-FFW said...

LOVE your collage!! Gorgeous photos. And that cake, I have never tried her version, but she never disappoints. It looks incredible!!

Smilingsal said...

I would love to have some right now! Happy Blue Monday.

Katy said...

LOL! What a little imp in the cart! Gosh that's so funny when it happens to someone else!!

I've never been an Ina fan, but after seeing your beautiful picture and reading the recipe, I'm changing my mind.

I think this just may replace my favorite blueberry cake. I cannot wait to try this when blueberry season comes in. In the meantime I'm copying and saving!

Ginger said...

Mary I am laughing out loud! I love this post!! The photos are absolutely amazing and the cake sounds delicious. FUNNY and FUN!! Have a great Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary! Oh, that looks positively divine, and I love your collage! Wishing you a Happy Blue Monday with that delicious blueberry crumb cake!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Susan said...

Blueberries bring me memories also. We were living in southern Michigan and my friend and I would take our four daughters and each of us would pick 90 pounds of berries for 30 cents a pound in those days. (early 70's) Lots of coffee cakes, jams, pies, muffins...looking forward to your recipes even though the Florida blueberries are not that good. Enjoying them here in Maine.

mbkatc230 said...

Oh, this is definitely going to be a great week. I just love blueberries! Loved the story about the little grocery cart imp, and your mosaic is beautiful. Great music too! Wonderful post, can't wait to try the crumb cake. Kathy

Selba said...

I wish I could find blueberry here in Jakarta, it would be a great dessert.

Marie Reed said...

Scrummy! I can't wait to go blueberry picking! I'm going to bookmark this post and then try out your recipe:)

Peter M said...

Who doesn't like blueberries or Fats Domino or...this cake? Enjoy your Memorial Day.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing this Blue Monday. Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Mmm, mmm, that cake looks delicious. I love all things blueberry.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's nice meeting you. Hope you have a good Blue Monday!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Yum!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

What can I say......finger lickin' good.......yum yum

Jo said...

I love this cake especially when it is fresh from the oven. I tend to pinch the crumbs off before it even gets to the table.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Oh Mary.. I looooovvve blueberries. and this crumb cake looks and sounds delicious... I am going to copy/paste/print it now! (and use it as an excuse to my family for making it)
Susan

mel said...

Hello. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog for OW last week. The blueberry crumb cake looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to make it.

Cathy said...

You've got me craving blueberries, Mary, and I've used up my freezer stash. What a fun post! I remember the poodle skirt years too.

Lisa said...

This looks like the perfect coffee cake. Our jersey blueberries should be here soon.

Marta said...

I can't wait for the rest of the berry-athon! this looks like a perfect start, the crumb looks so moist, perfectfor tea or coffee on a lazy afternoon! Love it!

Florida Sue said...

Great writing Mary! I can just see you dodging those blue bullets. I have clipped this recipe. Anything by Queen Ina must be tried.

Pam said...

Excellent photos. Your blueberry crumb cake looks so delicious and pretty too.

Mary said...

Mata, welcome to my world. I hope you'll visit with us often.

NatureFootstep said...

o dear, looks delicious, I have to try that.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I can handle all the berries you dish up! This is really beautiful.
Fats Domino never made Monday blue for me. Those are still great songs. Oh yes I'm older than that.

Debbie said...

I just love blueberry cakes, muffins, etc. The cake looks wonderful. It should be blueberry season here in another month or so and I am looking forward to making cakes with these big blue berries!!!

Natashya said...

I love your blueberry theme!
Ina has never let me down, the crumbcake sounds lovely, just as your sentiments do.

Lynda said...

I can wait to see all your recipes this week! This cake is calling my name, so I think I'll have to answer the call and make it!

mikky said...

what a cute story!!! and the cake looks divine... :)

figtree said...

I have 2 containers of blueberries in my fridge..now thanks to you I have a planTHANKS!! Figtreeapps

imjacobsmom said...

Ahhh! Looks good - but almost anything inspired by Ina has got to be good! And as far as Fats Domino goes he never disappoints either. Happy Blue Monday - Lookin' forward to the rest of the Blueberry fest! ~ Robyn

Mariana said...

Your recipe looks light, luscious and so berry good.

ButterYum said...

What a cute post, and I love Ina!!!

lilyng said...

mary

i love your song and so appropriate. this song brings back fond memoories

oneshotbeyond said...

outstanding!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Perfect timing on these blueberry recipes! I think I have 5lbs frozen lol.

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