Monday, October 6, 2014

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberries are not common in tropical Philippines and getting them fresh is a rare treat. So  instead of getting them fresh, you’ll just have to contend yourself with those preserved in cans. So what would you do if someone gave you a can of blueberry preserved?  Most people make canned blueberry preserves to cheesecakes. Blueberry is not a common ingredient in Filipino cuisine so the things people make out of them are limited to  cheesecakes  and muffins. There are many desserts that you can make from fresh or canned blueberries. Making desserts using blueberries does not require you to buy expensive ingredients just so you can make something delectable. Here’s  a blueberry recipe that requires very common ingredients that you would want to make one at home today. 

Blueberry Crumb Cake

1 egg
1 cup softened butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups blueberry preserves, mashed

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

In a bowl, mix together sugar, flour and baking powder. Add the salt while mixing the ingredients together. Blend in the softened butter and egg and use a fork to blend the flour mixture together. The dough should be crumbly. Divide the dough into two equal parts.

Grease a 9X13 inch cake pan. Put half of the dough on the greased pan. Spread the blueberry preserves over the dough generously.  Crumble the remaining dough on top of the blueberry layer.

Bake in the preheated oven for at least 45 minutes or until the crumb top layer turns slightly brown. Cool before cutting them into squares.  Put blueberry preserved on top for added color and flavor.

Note: If you notice, I didn’t put sugar on the blueberry preserves because they are already sweet. This is a very simple recipe and anyone who has flour, sugar, baking soda and butter can make this at home. This dessert is not too sweet that you can eat a lot of them without making your taste buds bored. 

The best thing about crumb cakes is that you can use other types of fruits instead of blueberries. You can replace blueberry with  strawberries or mango puree. I have yet to try mango crumb cake but I bet it would taste divine and it is cheaper too. ^^,

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