Did you go blueberry picking last summer? We did. It is one of our favorite summer outings. We love to be out in the sunny field with the blueberry bushes all around us. My nephews are good pickers (although they like to spend some of their time trying to pelt us with unripe blueberries – they learned this game from their dad and uncle) and so between all of the adults and kids we usually pick a large amount of berries. I love bringing them home, pouring them into zip lock bags and packing them safely away in the freezer for winter days like today.
Today just seemed like a good day to bake with blueberries. So, I found this recipe, compliments of one of the blueberry farms we sometimes visit, and got to work.
Blueberry Banana Bread
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cups mashed, ripe bananas
Wash and thoroughly drain blueberries; toss berries with 2 tablespoons flour. Sift together remaining flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Cream butter or margarine; gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture and bananas alternately, in three parts. Stir in blueberries. Spoon into greased loaf pan (9x5x3 inches). Bake in 350 degree oven about 50 minutes or until done. Makes 1 loaf.
I pulled the blueberries out of the freezer and washed them thoroughly.
I then tossed them in 2 tablespoons of flour and set them aside.
Next, I stirred together the dry ingredients with a whisk.
I then creamed the butter and then gradually added the sugar.
Next came the eggs and the batter became very light, almost foamy.
When bananas are starting to get too ripe, I like to peel them and stick them in a ziploc bag in the freezer. I can then pull them out for baking. So, I pulled a couple of bananas out of the freezer, thawed them a little and then mashed them a bit (I know, it does not look appetizing!).
I added the flour mixture to the batter alternately with the bananas.
I then stirred in the blueberries.
Then, it all went in the bread pan and into the oven at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes.
It came out looking and smelling delicious! This blueberry banana bread is a special treat from a special summer memory!