Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TWD: Blueberry Crumb Cake

On St.Patrick's Day, the Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) group was accepting new members! I signed up but, I'm still not sure if it's official yet, but I decided to start anyways! This is my first TWD post and i look foward to posting a new recipe every tuesday! This weeks recipe was Blueberry Crumb Cake. I enjoyed this cake a lot. Its really good to have for breakfast or even for a midday snack with tea or coffee. =) I love any kind of sweet with blueberries. Lets begin with the recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the rack at the middle position in the oven. Butter an 8-inch square pan and put it on a baking sheet. To make the crumbs: Put all the ingredients except the nuts in a food processor and pulse just until the mixture forms clumps and curds and holds together when pressed. Scrape the topping into a bowl, stir in the nuts and press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface. Refrigerate until needed. (Covered well the crumb mix can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
Blueberry Crumb Cake
To make the cake: Using your fingertips, toss the blueberries and 2 tsp of the flour together in a small bowl just to coat the berries; set aside.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Whisk together the remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Working in the bowl of a stand mixer or in another large bowl, rub the sugar and zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and aromatic. Add the butter and, with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar with the butter at medium speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, beating for about 1 minute after each addition, then beat in the vanilla extract. Don’t be concerned if the batter looks curdled — it will soon smooth out. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture and the buttermilk alternately, the flour in 3 parts and the buttermilk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients.) You will have a thick, creamy batter. With a rubber spatula, gently stir in the berries.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Scrape the batter into the buttered pan and smooth the top gently with the spatula. Pull the crumb mix from the fridge and, with your fingertips, break it into pieces. There’s no need to try to get even pieces — these are crumbs, they’re supposed to be lumpy and bumpy and every shape and size. Scatter the crumbs over the batter, pressing them down ever so slightly.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool just until it is warm or until it reaches room temperature.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Blueberry Crumb Cake by Dorie Greenspan For the crumbs: 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For the cake: 1 pint (2 cups) blueberries (preferably fresh, or frozen, not thawed) 2 cups plus 2 tsp all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 2/3 cup sugar grated zest of 1/2 lemon or 1/4 orange 3/4 stick (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt


SiHaN said...

That looks simply spectacular! and welcome to the group dear!

Bridget said...

Welcome to the group! Your cake looks great - it totally makes me want to go bake another one.

The Food Librarian said...

Looks just wonderful! The step by step photos are fun - I feel like I'm in your kitchen!! :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great job on the crumb cake and welcome to the group!