Blueberries!

It was one hot summer day in Washington, D.C., when I first had a fresh blueberry, at age 20. Growing up in the 60s and 70s in Los Angeles and Sacramento I had never seen a basket of blueberries; we had only had them frozen, in pancakes. I remember the event vividly. The basket was $2.50, I ate the whole thing before I even made it to the subway station. That entire summer I ate a basket of blueberries almost every day; it was my one indulgence.

I still believe the very best thing one can do with blueberries is to eat them raw – best right off the berry bush, second best, out of the basket. That said, there are many wonderful things that we make with blueberries here and several more I’ve found around other food blogs. If you have a yen for blueberries, consider the following from Simply Recipes:

Blueberry buckle
Peach blueberry cake
Blueberry muffins
Blueberry buttermilk pancakes
Blueberry pie
Blueberry maple breakfast bake
Blueberry cake
Berry and Banana Terrine

And the following from some favorite food blogs:

Blueberry dumplings from Bakingsheet
Blueberry tarts with meyer lemon cream from Dessert First
Blueberry baked German pancake from Tigers and Strawberries
Blueberry breakfast bars from Farmgirl Fare
Summer Blueberry Crisp from a Gluten-free Goddess

Do you have a favorite blueberry recipe? Let us know about it in the comments.

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  • patricia

    I have been trying to make blueberry muffins but all the berries sunk to the bottom and the muffins are now mushy. How can I prevent this from ahppening?

  • Grace Shih

    I found out about this recipe while visiting my friend’s parents out in Maryland. It is absolutely delicious for breakfast or as a dessert. I will probably never get tired of this!

    Blueberry Crunch

    2 pints of fresh blueberries, rinsed
    1 medium or large sized can of crushed pineapple
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 package yellow cake mix
    2 eggs
    1 stick butter

    Spread pineapple in the bottom of 13″x9″ Pyrex dish. Cover with blueberries. Sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar.
    In a bowl, mix butter, eggs, and cake mix. Spread mixture on top of fruit.
    Bake in 350 degree oven until golden brown and bubbly under crust.
    Serve with whip cream, cool whip, or ice cream.

  • Ani

    Plain is my favorite way but I love them in baked goods as well.

  • Catherine

    Wow. Blueberries weren’t available in L.A. during the 60s and 70s?! How interesting! Sometimes, I’ll find baskets of blueberries here in L.A. for $2.50…maybe that’s in it’s off season. I agree, the blueberry is a wonder fruit. I only wish they would come in larger baskets!

  • scotte

    I really only liked blueberries in baked goods, until just a few short weeks ago when I went berry picking and came home with 4 pounds of blueberries fresh off the bush. A friend of mine shared a great Blueberry Buckle recipe that was simple and divine. And it happens to be vegan (I’m not, but it was tasty!)

    http://sseichinger.blogspot.com/2006/07/one-two-buckle-my.html

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