Cinnamon and blueberries and loaf, oh my!!!

19 Jan

How’s your Wednesday going?  It’s almost over, in my case.  However, I did not want to get it started this morning.  I’ve been sleeping in the spare room (Todd has a gross head cold) and the duvet in there is extra cushy, so I totally didn’t want to get out of bed.  But of course, I got out of bed, had a productive workday and came home.  

I had a great run after work.  It wasn’t the fastest I’ve done in a while (and I really had to be careful with the bits of ice), but it just felt good.  I was happy to be done – simply because it was cold – but I really felt like my running mojo was returning!

Ok, seriously, I’m boring myself with this bather… 

How about a recipe then?

Last Saturday I felt like something with blueberries in it.  Pancakes?  No.  Muffins?  Not quite.  Loaf?  Yes, who doesn’t love a good loaf :)

I searched online for a recipe that had a good ingredient list and didn’t have lemon or coffee.  I just wanted to taste the blueberry flavour.

I ended up mainly using this one, with a few wisps of this one in it.    

It started out with mixing the sugar and butter together until it was creamy.

Does this look creamy to you?


It doesn’t look creamy to me either, but I don’t think that it ended up making a difference in the finished product.


Once I added the egg yolk to the sugar and butter, it took on an almost creepy vibrant yellow colour.


Try as I might, I couldn’t get a picture that translated the eerie colour that it was.  

In went (alternately and slowly) the milk and flour/baking powder.  I used half whole wheat and half all purpose.  It called for all purpose, but why not use some whole wheat if you can, right?

IMG_0222 IMG_0223 IMG_0224In went the vanilla and I thought that I’d add a tablespoon of cinnamon.


This cinnamon was definitely a good choice.  I think that the recipe would have been lacking without it. 

In went the slightly still frozen blueberries.


Hehehe, it’s purple…


I have never had to beat eggwhites to get them to froth before.  This was oddly satisfying!


It amazes me that all of this eggwhite frothiness came from one egg!

I tried my best to fold in the eggwhites without sacrificing their integrity.  Easier said than done, but I think I did ok ;)


Everything mixed together and placed in the greased pan with some cinnamon sugar on top to make a crust.

IMG_0237 IMG_0239And out of the oven!

It looks flat, doesn’t it?  Well, that’s because it is – but through no fault of the recipe.  It rose nicely in the oven and was a good looking loaf.  Then I turned it onto its’ side in order to let the bottom cool and stay crusty.  This has worked a thousand times.  Well, this day it rolled right over and sat upside down for a good 20 minutes while it cooled, and I didn’t notice.  And that’s why it’s squished.

It certainly didn’t hurt the flavour though!  It was absolutely delicious.  My one complaint was that it was a bit too moist inside.  I would imagine it was because the blueberries were still slightly frozen when I used them.  However, there was nothing in the second recipe that I based this on that said that they should be defrosted (and if they were defrosted, wouldn’t they just be more moist and liquid?  Hmmm…).  Or maybe it was just a moist recipe.

Either way, it was good enough that half of it was gone in 12 hours, so I stuck the other half in the freezer ;)


This recipe was tasty and I might make a few more tweaks next time, but there will definitely be a next time :)


One Response to “Cinnamon and blueberries and loaf, oh my!!!”

  1. B.Bennett January 22, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Mmm, cinnamon sugar crust.

    ‘Nuff said.

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