Tag: blueberries

Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!
Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!

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I can feel it in the air.  Summer is coming.  But here in Houston, that phrase is uttered with more of a “Game of Thrones” style dread than excitement.  Well, for me anyway.  It means the return of suffocating heat and humidity and my personal inability to do anything outside without ending up looking like I jumped in a pool.  But on the bright side of things, it also means that the berries are just getting better and better!  And I do love my berries.  Mixed in smoothies, adorning cereal, out of hand eating, and of course, dessert.  Now, this lovely Blueberry Muffin Cake actually pulls double duty, as while you can definitely serve it for dessert, you can also definitely use it for breakfast or brunch.  Maybe even for Easter?

Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!

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Blueberry Crumb Pie

This blueberry crumb pie is perfectly juicy with a subtly spiced filling.  The crispy brown sugar crumb puts it over the top!

This blueberry crumb pie is perfectly juicy with a subtly spiced filling. The crispy brown sugar crumb puts it over the top!Hello readers, and a belated Happy Birthday America!

Summertime means many things: the ungodly Houston summer weather (this 4th of July was somewhere between a nuclear powered sauna and the 7th circle of hell), grilling absolutely everything possible (we’ve had good luck with a grilled potato salad), and as much fresh fruit as I can eat.  While you can get berries pretty much year round, they’re fresher and better in the summer, and the best possible way to eat berries is in a pie!

This blueberry crumb pie recipe is one that my family has been using for years.

The crust is slightly sweet, and pairs nicely with the juicy blueberry filling.  It’s also has a ton of butter, so it’s a little tricky to work out, but worth the effort.  You are, of course, welcome to use whatever crust you like best.  The filling has a few slightly unusual additions that really set it apart from your average blueberry  – a little nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and – wait for it – creme de cassis.  They may not be typical ingredients, but I’ll tell you what: Liz hates blueberries, and Liz loves this pie.  True story!  She’s requested it on more than one occasion, and she couldn’t put her finger on just what tasted so delicious.  Well, whether it’s the spices or creme de cassis (we know it’s not the blueberries), this is basically the blueberry pie to end all pies.  Oh, the brown sugar crumb doesn’t hurt either. (more…)