Blueberry "Boy Bait"

Monday, July 19, 2010

I went a little overboard with the blueberries at the farmer's market last weekend.  I have a number of blueberry recipes coming your way.  First up -- Blueberry Boy Bait.  I've been wanting to make it since I saw the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker.  You're probably wondering why its called blueberry boy bait -- check out her blog for the background behind the name. 

In case you're wondering if I snagged any men with the cake -- I brought it over to my friend and her boyfriend so I'll never know.  I'll just have to make it again.

Blueberry Boy Bait
Source:  Brown Eyed Baker, originally adapted from Cook's Country
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes

For the Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 cup whole milk
½ cup blueberries

For the Topping:
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. For the Cake: Adjust the oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13×9-inch baking pan.

2. Whisk 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of the flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of the milk. Beat in half of the remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss the blueberries with remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

3. For the Topping: Scatter the blueberries over top of the batter. Stir the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

* Note: If using frozen blueberries, do not let them thaw, as they will turn the batter a blue-green color.


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