“Ku-plink, ku-plank, ku-plunk!”
Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey, 1948
In Northern Ontario where I grew up, wild blueberries were plentiful and the only kind I knew. On summer Sundays when my hardworking dad had a day off from his backbreaking job as a gold miner, we would pack up the car and head to a local lake for some leisure family time. After what seemed like a long hot drive, we would finally arrive at Slab Lake. Full of anticipation, we 3 kids would not be allowed to swim until we had picked our assigned quota of blueberries. Being the youngest, mine would be the smallest vessel to fill. Ku-plink, Ku-plank, Ku-plunk! That did not stop me from trying to sneak some leaves and twigs in my pail so I could get into the lake faster! Those blueberries would be frozen or turned into jam to last us all year. Unlike the beloved Robert McClusky children’s story, I never encountered a bear WHILE I was picking blueberries… Those are tales for another time! I have loved blueberries all my life and they always bring back fond childhood memories.
This year at the Lewe’s DE Farmer’s Market, I discovered Spartan blueberries. Of enormous size, these attractive highbrush blueberries are paler yet sweet with a nice firmness. Not having to pick these myself, I took home several containers for eating in big handfulls and for baking. Delicious! This lemon blueberry Bundt cake is chock full of fresh blueberries with the added goodness of some almond meal and yogurt in the batter. It is an easy recipe for a summer snacking cake highlighting the season’s favorite berries. Enjoy with a side of nostalgia while re-reading “Blueberries for Sal”!
LEMON~BLUEBERRY BUNDT CAKE
2 c unbleached flour
1 cup almond meal
1 t baking powder
1 2/3 c sugar
3/4 c unsweetened butter at room temperature
3 large eggs at room temperature
juice and zest of a lemon
1 c regular yogurt, not Greek
2 heaping cups of fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a Bundt pan with spray cooking oil.
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, lemon juice and zest and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and almond meal. With the mixer running at a lower speed, alternate the addition of the flour mixture and yogurt in gradual increments. Do not over mix. With a wooden spoon, fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350F, in the center of the oven. Insert a toothpick to test for doneness. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes if toothpick does not come out clean.
Dedicating this post to my sister Michelle and brother Guy, who remember picking those blueberries, somwhat reluctantly, at my side.