Blueberry Crumb Cake

I keep finding blueberry recipes in my recipe stash from my mom.  If there is any time of year perfect for blueberry recipes, I think spring is the one. It also helps that almost every produce department is running a sale on blueberries this time of year.  Blueberry Crumb Cake is quick and easy to assemble cake;  perfect for breakfast with coffee, tea or as a dessert.   

 

 

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Crumb Topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour one 9 inch square baking pan.

    Combine Flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and milk, beat until smooth.  Add flour mixture (reserve 1/4 cup) and beat until well combined.  Toss the blueberries with the remaining 1/4 cup flour mixture and fold into the batter.  To prepare topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon, cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over cake batter in pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes.

Cinnamon Waffles – I wish I was still at The Homestead!

My husband and I spent last weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.  We wanted a weekend getaway and decided to head to The Homestead after many great reviews from friends.  After a long and winding journey through the western part of Virginia, we drove into the small town of Hot Springs and was greeted by the massive resort on our left.  I must tell you, after driving many miles through the country roads, I thought I had put in the wrong address into our GPS, because I just could not believe there would much civilization, no less a resort in the mountainous remote area we were driving through.)  How wrong I was, the town of Hot Springs and The Homestead are beautiful.  As you know, I am always looking for great food and interesting finds, I had to go no further than their breakfast buffet on Saturday morning.  Before we headed out for a round of golf, we had the most delicious breakfast buffet in their main dining room.  So many delicious choices, I could hardly decide what to select.  It didn’t take me too long to find Roderick making Cinnamon Waffles, a specialty at The Homestead.  What a delicious breakfast treat, along with a vegetable omelet and grits, a breakfast of champions for these golfers!  So, back to reality today and back to my kitchen.  I decided to make my own Cinnamon Waffle recipe this morning, what a great way to remember a great trip.  

Our view from the 14th tee box on the Old Course at The Homestead.

Roderick making Cinnamon Waffles

 

 

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Cinnamon Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.  Beat eggs until fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and beat just until smooth.  Pour batter into waffle iron and bake until steaming stops, approx. 4 1/2 - 5 minutes.  Remove carefully.  Makes 3 - 10 inch waffles.

 

 

Bacon Pops

What I thought would be a great addition to brunch turned out to be so successful I would add this to any breakfast, brunch or tailgate.  I always knew cooking bacon in the oven when preparing large quantities was easy.  However,  this time I  wanted bacon to be finger food and decided to thread the bacon on a stick.  I cut each piece of thick cut bacon in half, then threaded each piece on a six inch wooden skewer.  Brushed them all with maple syrup (you will see the syrup on the first piece on the top row), then I sprinkled the bacon with a brown sugar,ground  nuts and cayenne mixture.  In the oven it went …

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and out came the most delicious bacon pops…

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Overnight Blueberry Sausage Breakfast Cake

While sorting through my recipe file; I came across this recipe that I received from a dear friend years ago.  I was once a member of a neighborhood quilting group that would get together frequently and work on combined quilting projects.  It was at one of these meetings that one of the members brought this breakfast cake.  One of the reasons we all requested this recipe is that you make it the night before, refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning.  With the holidays approaching, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for all busy cooks.  I have even made this one step easier, I used precooked turkey sausage crumbles that you can buy in the grocery next to the breakfast sausages.  I like using turkey sausage since it is leaner and precooked makes it even easier to use and a time reducer.  Having overnight guests?  This is the perfect make ahead breakfast treat.   

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Baked Oatmeal

This is a perfect breakfast or brunch dish.  You can make one batch and have oatmeal all week or freeze portions for later.  If you are an oatmeal lover you will love this recipe.  If you are not an oatmeal lover, you will become a fan after trying this oatmeal.  Trust me on this one!

 

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Baked Doughnuts

Every once in awhile it is fun to make something unexpected.  Baked Doughnuts are the perfect thing to make when you want to experiment in the kitchen and serve an unexpected delight.  I want to think these are a bit healthier than traditional fried doughnuts since these are baked.   So, when you want to make something special, these are the perfect treat!

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Gingerbread Waffles

Looking for a special breakfast treat.  These waffles are so different and delectable.  Perfect to serve with maple syrup, but especially delicious if you serve them with fig jam.  Superb with crisp bacon and fresh fruit – a breakfast to remember!

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Orange Date Crumble Cake

Put the coffee pot on!  This cake is just perfect to serve for breakfast or brunch.  The brown sugar crumble tops a moist orange cake studded with dates.  Just too good to pass up.  Time to sit, relax and enjoy this wonderful cake with friends and family.

As a side note – I sent this crumble cake to my husband’s office – First comments on the coffee cake, “These are ridiculous!” and “Best coffee cake – ever!”

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Easy Egg Souffle

If you are ever looking for a quick egg recipe for breakfast or brunch, that does not require overnight preparation or separating eggs and beating egg whites, this recipe is for you.  Quick to prepare, made with ingredients you probably have on hand, and delicious served piping hot out of the oven.  As the souffle bakes, it will puff and turn golden brown.  Serve immediately.  A dramatic and delicious presentation for your breakfast table.

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Apple Breakfast Bake

This Apple Breakfast Bake bakes to a puffed golden brown and then after being removed from the oven, shrinks to form a crispy crust and custard like filling.  Perfect with the baked apple layer and brown sugar crust.  This would be a great addition to any breakfast buffet.  You can double this recipe easily and bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan if you are entertaining a larger crowd.

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