Friday, October 7, 2011

50 Women Game Changers in Food - #18 Clotilde Dusoulier - Blueberry Coffee Cake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Clotilde Dusoulier is a 30-something French woman who writes the award-winning food blog, Chocolate & Zucchini. She was born and raised in Paris, and save for a brief stint as a software engineer in California, has spent her adult life in France. Strange as it may seem, her interest in food was kindled during the time she lived and worked in the Bay area of San Francisco. On returning to Paris, she started a blog to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with like-minded souls, and slowly began the transition from engineer to full-time food writer. She has two food-related books to her credit. One is the cookbook, Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, and the other is a traveler's guide to eating in Paris called, Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris. She has also translated and adapted Ginette Mathiot’s famous cookbook Je Sais Cuisiner (“I Know How to Cook”). She writes well, takes marvelous photos and has created a spot so civil that her readers, at least this one, find it hard to leave. She has earned her spot on the Gourmet Live list of Women Game Changers in Food. I want to share her recipe for Blueberry Coffee Cake with you today. Mine, which suffers from a bad case of sunken berries, is not as pretty as hers, but it will serve to illustrate the various components of the cake. Here's her recipe for this moist and delicious treat.

Blueberry Coffee Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Clotilde Dusoulier


200g (1 2/3 cup) flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
a good pinch salt
115g (1 stick) butter, diced, at room temperature
200g (1 cup) white sugar
3 eggs
240ml (1 cup) plain yogurt or fromage blanc or sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
500g (3 cups) blueberries, fresh or frozen (no need to thaw)
40g (1/4 cup) brown sugar


1) Preheat your oven to 180°C (360°F). Grease a 22-cm (9-inch) cake pan, preferably nonstick with a removable bottom.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3) In a food processor, mix together butter and white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add yogurt and vanilla, and mix again. Add flour mixture, and mix again until just combined.
4) Pour half of cake batter in the cake pan. Pour half of blueberries over surface. Cover with remaining batter, top with remaining blueberries, and sprinkle evenly with e brown sugar.
5) Bake for an hour, until top is golden brown and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack, let stand in pan for ten minutes, then unclasp sides of pan and let cool completely before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

The following bloggers are also featuring the recipes of Clotilde Dusoulier today. I hope you'll visit all of them. They are all great cooks who have wonderful blogs.

Val - More Than Burnt Toast
Joanne - Eats Well With Others
Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan - The Spice Garden
Claudia - A Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Heather - girlichef
Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney
Jeanette - Healthy Living
April - Abby Sweets
Katie - Making Michael Pollan Proud
Mary - One Perfect Bite
Kathleen -Bake Away with Me
Viola - The Life is Good Kitchen
Sue - The View from Great Island
Barbara - Movable Feasts
Kathleen - Gonna Want Seconds
Amy - Beloved Green
Jeanette - Healthy Living
Linda - Ciao Chow Linda
Linda A - There and Back Again
Martha - Lines from Linderhof
Nancy - Picadillo

Next week we will highlight the career and recipes of Pim Techamuanvivit. It will be really interesting to see what everyone comes up with. If you'd like to join us please email me for additional information no later than Saturday, October 8th.


Amalia said...

This looks delicious! As long as it tastes good, a little sunken berries doesn't matter at all! :) Thanks for a great recipe, have a great day!

Priya Suresh said...

Wat an elegant cake, seriously feel like grabbing a slice..

Katarina said...

This is a lovely cake!

Daisy Roshan said...

the cake is simply awesome and perfect...would like to more about the recipes of Pim Techamuanvivit...shall mail you...


Ginny Hartzler said...

The golden top is very pretty. As to the sunken berries, I just thought it was supposed to be a layered cake, so that's what you can tell everyone!

Banana Wonder said...

very cool - i didn't know that about chocolate and zukes. Ahhh, coffee cake.. my weakness.

Ellen Whyte said...

It looks lovely and those sunken berries are just loaded with goodness....

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

San Francisco would renew anyones passion for great food and all things food related!

Sue/the view from great island said...

I think the berries look nice at the bottom! I'm looking forward to making all the other recipes of Clotilde's that I bookmarked for this week. I had a hard time choosing!

Kim said...

I kinda like Clothilde blogs, but it's not my favorite! Anyway, I have to say, this cake, I really like it!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary, I get Clotilde's e-mails. She is marvelous and very very instructive.
Your cake is beautiful. I am not much of a sweet eater, but love coffee cake.
What a great post!!!!

Platanos, Mangoes and Me! said...

So they sunk...who cares....this really looks delicious and all the fruits are gathered.

I would like one day to join your group of bloggers on one of your highlights.

Heather S-G said...

Blueberry cakes happen to be a favorite of mine...and this looks lovely no matter the placement of the fruit :D

Red Nomad OZ said...

I'm sure sunken berries aren't relevant to the taste - and that's all that counts in the end. To amateurs like me, anyway!!

Claudia said...

I cook from her Daily Adevntures in a Parisian Kitchen on a regular basis. (Her quinoa cake is outstanding... of course it as cream ... and bacon). The blueberry coffee cake looks very pretty to me!

Claudia said...

Mary, I home now for many months and would love to join in the fun. I couldn't access the e-mail feature. Is it possible?

That Girl said...

It's fun this challenge includes both old standbys and contemporary women.

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

I'm not surprised that this young woman is a game changer on Gourmet's list! An elegant coffee cake. And mucky me, with lots of blueberries in the freezer!

Susan said...

This is a perfectly lovely coffee cake presented to us by a perfectly lovely lady ... rather two lovely ladies! Safe travels, Mary!

Jeanette said...

I love the berries in this cake, and I think they look perfectly fine at the bottom this moist cake.

Joanne said...

Even with sunken berries, I'm betting this is super delicoius!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Wow, perfect and delicious cake ... love the simple recipe for it!

Barbara said...

Lovely coffeecake, Mary! Perfect for tea.

What's Baking?? said...

Blueberry & coffee combination? Another ingenious recipe from you..wonderful.

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