I don't know about your family, but at our house we are usually flying out of the house in the morning. This stems from the fact that the carnivore and I hate mornings. Trying to squeeze in just a few more minutes of sleep usually means we end up rushing to get out the door. However, we still try to make time for breakfast. As such, I try to bake something at the start of the week that we can grab as we run out the door. Since blueberries were all over the market recently, I made one of the carnivore's favorites, something I like to call bluefly bread.
This recipe is adapted from the Pampered Chef's Recipes from the Heart Cookbook, in which it is called lemon blueberry coffee cake.
The topping is made of 3 tbslp of flour, 2 tblsp of sugar 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tblsp of melted butter. Mix these ingredients and set aside.
The batter is made from 1 3/4 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 1 egg, 2/3 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1 package of blueberries (at least 1 cup), and the zest of one large lemon.
To make the bluefly bread, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the egg, milk, and oil to your mixer and beat together. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then add the dry ingredients to the mixer and stir until moist. Zest the lemon over the batter and mix more. Finally, fold in the blueberries gently. Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle it evenly with the streusel topping. Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This breakfast bread is delicious fresh, but it is good for days if kept in an airtight container.
This antioxidant and vitamin C rich bread is so good the carnivore usually gobbles up this bread before I can even get a chance to have a slice myself. But, trust me, it is delicious. Plus, while I am still fuzzy headed in the morning, trying to figure out what to wear, whether I have let the dogs out, and how I can grab one more cup of coffee, it is a great thing to have on hand as I fly out the door. Those extra ten minutes of sleep were so worth it!