Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Fresh Blueberry Squares

These blueberry squares are light, sweet and luscious. They make for a wonderful breakfast, dessert accompanied by cream or an afternoon snack with your tea/coffee. The recipe is from yet another of my newest books (yep courtesy of Amazon), The New Good Cake Book by Diana Dalsass. A book full of mouth-watering recipes, from sumptuous cakes to reduced-fat cakes and sections on biscotti, bar cakes, and cakes for special occasions. The only down-side to this book is the lack of photos but the recipes are simple and sometimes I like the idea of picturing in my head what a cake will look like as I read the recipe!

Fresh Blueberry Squares

¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, softened

3 eggs (large)
1 cup sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 ¾ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups blueberries, rinsed and dried

To make the topping. In a small bowl, using your fingertips, mix together all the topping ingredients until crumbly. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350oF/180oC.

Grease and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.

To make the cake, in a large bowl, beat the eggs. Gradually beat in the sugar until the mixture is thick and pale yellow. Beat in the melted butter, then the vanilla and buttermilk.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the egg mixture, stirring until the dry ingredients are incorporated.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the blueberries over the batter. Sprinkle the topping over the berries.

Bake the cake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool. Once cooled cut into squares.


Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Blueberries are so popular with my children, I don't normally get to keep them long enough to cook with them, I'll be hiding some from the kids so I give this recipe a try, looks great.

Nic said...

I love this kind of cake, looks absolutely delicious!

Nickki said...

That looks yummy Maria! Sounds like another great book :)

Kelly-Jane said...

A lovely blueberry cake, it looks so moist and tender, mmm.


Rosie said...

Oh this is one very gorgeous bake Maria! I just adore blueberries and I know this is bake would go down a treat on my household!!

Rosie x

Maria♥ said...

Thanks everyone.

Nickki this is another great book, a must have!


Gigi said...

This is my type of cake! I just bought a couple of pints of blueberries and I think this might be the perfect recipe for them.

Ivy said...

I love anything with the suffix 'berries. You are so lucky to have such fruit. Your cake looks so mouthwatering. Yummy.
BTW I added you to my blogroll where I list all talented cooks.

Maggie said...

I love cakes made with buttermilk. The cake looks fab. Another fabulous baking book you have got there.

Vicky said...

These look Scrummy Maria! Another fabulous bake.
Vicky xxx

Sally said...

As my grand daughter IESHA would say "Yum Yum Pigs Bum"
Again, lovely baking Maria.
Love Sally. x x x

Anna said...

Oh these look to die for, I love blueberries baked into things ^__^. I could just eat a square to two of these now...

Dee said...

Maria, this looks super scrumptious! And for breakfast, too :)

Emily said...

They look wonderful! I'm quite the fan of blueberries. Especially with crumb topping. To die for.

Swati said...

Yummy blueberry cake Maria..You have a treasure of lovely recipes..

Anna said...

By the way, I've given you an award on my blog ^__^ x

Beth (jamandcream) said...

This looks yummy - my 1 year old daughter loves blueberries. Ive just logged onto your sweet and simple bakes blog - I'll definitely be joining in with the flapjacks. I have a few questions though - where should I direct them?

Maria♥ said...

Many thanks everyone for the lovely comments ;o)

Beth you can direct any questions regarding Sweet and Simple Bakes on the Sweet and Simple Bakes blog. Rosie and myself will answer any questions and help with anything we can.


Anonymous said...

That looks so good. I just love blueberries :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This is great since blueberry season is about to arrive!

Ivy said...

Hi Maria, hope you are well. Just stopped by to see some new delicious recipes from you. Have a nice weekend.

Mansi said...

that looks really inviting! and who doesn't love blueberries!!

btw, I'm hosting the Monthly Mingle on my blog and this would be a great addition to the roundup; so I'd like to invite you to participate if you can!:)

Chef Jeena said...

I love blueberries so much. This recipe looks lovely, fantastic cakes. :-)

Maria♥ said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely compliments. Sorry haven't been around much lately, have been unwell and lost my baking mojo.