Blueberries have been in season across North America since the beginning of summer, and they’re reaching their peak in many regions now. You’ve probably noticed the gigantic boxes of blueberries priced much lower than usual at your local grocery store/supermarket, and that’s because so many local growers can finally give you the blue goods at a much lower price. Take this as a sign from mother nature that you should be eating, cooking, and especially baking, with blueberries right now.
Abundant in anti-oxidants, blueberries are delicious and good for you, which totally justifies adding in a bunch of butter and sugar to create a blueberry baked good, right? I mean, it’ll still technically healthy…at least that’s what we’re going to say as we move forward in this blueberry-tastic post.
You can do much more with blueberries than the standard pie and cobbler, which are delicious, but you mine as well broaden your blueberry-baking horizons now, while they’re in season and cheaper/fresher to enjoy. For inspiration, here are 7 ways to bake with blueberries you probably never thought of before.
Note: “Special Ingredients” are those not typically found in a baker’s pantry. So standard sugars, flours, leavening agents, and fats won’t be included, just so you know. Neither will the blueberries, because, well, have you read the title yet?
1. Blueberry Breakfast Cornbread
Photo credit – culinary mamas
Special Ingredients: Fresh or frozen corn kernels, buttermilk, maple syrup,
Time: 45 minutes
Corn and blueberries aren’t the most natural of ingredients, but this savory-sweet cornbread will show you the two can pair perfectly together. Dense, crumbly, yet moist and juicy thanks to the blueberries, this is a cool new take on the standard cornbread that can be eaten for breakfast without too much guilt. Full recipe here.
Blueberry Cobbler Biscuits
Photo credit – The Candid Appetite
Special Ingredients: Cream of tartar, honey, toasted sliced almonds, buttermilk
Time: 25 minutes
Two classic recipes combine (with blueberries, of course) in a simple to make dessert that is sure to please. Blueberries are the major sweet element to these cobbler-biscuits, with the absorbent biscuit-cobbler dough easily able to sop up all of the blueberries’ juiciness. Full recipe here.
Blueberry Basil Chocolate Cake
Photo credit – Sweet Phi
Special Ingredients: Cool whip, basil, chocolate chips
Time: 40 minutes
Now we’re getting into some esoteric territory. Basil has become a surprising addition to many desserts, and it definitely adds a body of flavour to any baked good. Normally the fragrance of basil would overpower the blueberries, but thankfully there’s plenty of chocolate in this recipe to blend all of the flavours together. Full recipe here.
Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake
Photo credit – Swanky Recipes
Special Ingredients: Buttermilk, heavy cream, lemon juice
Time: 1h 30 minutes
A simple step adds a whole new dimension to a standard lemon-blueberry cake. By poking the cake with a skewer after it’s done baking, and pouring over some homemade blueberry syrup, you can make a visually pleasing cake that tastes delicious and is finished off with a whipped lemon frosting. All of the steps make this recipe a tad bit more involved, though those looking for an easier time can use a simple boxed white cake instead of making your own. Full recipe here.
Blueberry Lemon Sticky Buns
Photo credit – Delights of Culinaria
Special Ingredients: Yeast, sour cream, cream cheese, lemons
Time: 45 minutes (excluding dough time)
Sticky buns are always great, and one way to make them even better is adding in some blueberries and the zing of lemon. The difficulty on this recipe goes from easy to medium depending on whether you make your own sticky bun dough, which I’d recommend. While it will take some extra planning and time, it’s pretty simple to whip up, and homemade is always better than store bought. Full recipe here.
Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
Photo credit – Insatiable Munchies
Special Ingredients: Ricotta, lemon juice
Time: 25 minutes
Why people don’t make their own pancakes all the time is beyond me, because it’s incredibly easy and worth it for the flavour. These pancakes infuse the creamy richness of ricotta and are then topped with a bountiful blueberry compote, both of which are quickly made with only a few ingredients each. And yes, I’m aware this isn’t technically baking, but close enough. Full recipe here.
Blueberry-Honey Yogurt Popsicles
Photo credit – Not Your Standard
Special Ingredients: Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla bean
Time: 3-4 hours (freezing time)
Again, not technically baking, but you’ll thank me on a hot summer day when you’re enjoying these frozen delights. Don’t get scared about the recipe length, that’s just how long it takes to freeze the popsicle. The process itself couldn’t be easier, just throw all the ingredients in a blender, blend, and put into moulds to freeze. Full recipe here.
Now go get bakin’ with ‘dem blueberries!