Three Deliciously Sweet Blueberry Baking Ideas

14 Jul

Blueberries are in at Restoration Farm, our C.S.A.! We pick our own, each family picking as much as seems reasonable, given that we share with a lot of people, but keeping in mind that these berries won’t stay ripe forever.

Blueberries are one of those power foods, loaded with anti-oxidants, which may or may not counter the aging process. We just know they are powerfully delicious! The good news is they don’t seems to lose that phytonutrient power when frozen. They are also native to North America, which makes it positively patriotic if you are from around these parts.  The bad news is that even domestically-grown blueberries are high in pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group. So use their freezeability to your advantage. Buy them organic while in season and freeze them for later use!

Here are three of our favorite blueberry recipes — should you be brave enough to turn on the oven in the middle of a hot summer. Or, store these recipes when you store your blueberries in the freezer, and pull them out for a burst of summer in your baking in the middle of winter!

Blueberry-Strawberry Muffins

We like mini-muffins because you get so many you can share them around!

We like mini-muffins because you get so many you can share them around!

Blueberry Pound Cake

Blueberry pound cake is rich and tart and sweet

Blueberry pound cake is rich and tart and sweet

Blueberry-Lingonberry Muffins

A favorite for tea, lunchbox or thoughtful treat for neighbors, caregivers and friends

A favorite for tea, lunchbox or thoughtful treat for neighbors, caregivers and friends

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12 Responses to “Three Deliciously Sweet Blueberry Baking Ideas”

  1. jevbert1234 July 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Looks amazing! Great post!

  2. cecilia July 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I have one small bunch of blueberries on one of my seven bushes and am deeply excited..fan recipes, and an excellent idea to grab a load and freeze them, i must remember to do that this year! c

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Blueberry bushes take time…the ones at our farm are 7 years old now and are finally really bursting with fruit!

      • cecilia July 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

        Oh well that is good to know.. mine are only three! (plis the rabbits got them in the winter.. grr) I will be patient then.. c

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 16, 2013 at 9:37 am #

        Ah, patience….

  3. mmmarzipan July 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    It’s blueberry picking time in Sweden (a friend of mine found a whole bucket worth whilst out in the forest today)! Great ideas! Yum 😀

  4. Mad Dog July 14, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Blueberries are quite an American thing. I believe they are grown in Europe now, but I’ve only seen them in supermarkets and I’m not buying their idea of fresh fruit and vegetables if I can help it. On the bright side, my farmer had amazing, mouth tingling strawberries and cherries this morning 😉

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      I know they are indigenous to north America….you might not have blueberries, but I envy you currants – red and black!

      • Mad Dog July 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        Wow, you just reminded me of my childhood – i haven’t had red currants for a long time 😉

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

        Well now you know the right berries for your second childhood!

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