Thursday: What’s Baking?

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Ready…set…go! The berry season is winding down, and we need to get out there and pick for jams, pies and whatever else that may tickle our fancy! Berries are a beautiful thing if you pick them in season, and there is nothing better than a fresh, juicy mouthful on a hot summer day. Of course we know there are benefits to having them in our diet. They are loaded with antioxidants to help keep our immune systems strong, they help to fight inflammation, and they also lower cholesterol levels, just to name a few. However, there is also an advantage to cooking or baking berries, as some of the nutrients are easier to absorb in the body.

A win-win situation all the way around! So, of course, I’ve taken the liberty of finding a berry recipe that I know you will enjoy. Now, I can’t promise you the calories are as beneficial as the nutrients, but I will suggest that you partake in modesty;)

Blueberry cobbler in a white bowl with a spoon and vanilla ice cream on top.

Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

For the batter:

  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Slice butter into pieces and add to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats, to allow the butter to melt. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven.
  • Add blueberries, sugar and zest to a bowl and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the batter ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, just until combined.
  • Pour blueberries over melted butter in pan. Drizzle batter over the top. Sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, or until lightly golden on top. 
  • Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired!

*Recipe taken from tastesbetterfromscratch.com

Nothing goes better with cobbler than a great vanilla ice cream! Am I right? If you go so far to find that perfect ice cream, you know you will have to invite the company to enjoy it with you. I am willing to be your guinea pig if you need a trial run;) Until next time, happy Thursday everyone!

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