My freezer never runs out of blueberries. True story.
While considering what I wanted to make for Lora’s #twelveloaves challenge, there was little doubt that my key ingredient would be my favorite berry (strawberries came close but they’ve snuck out of season while I wasn’t looking.) I picked a basic buttermilk loaf recipe and gave it my own spin to capture summer in a bread, which is also Lora’s theme for the month.
The one rule you need to remember while putting the batter together is not to over-mix or you’ll end up with a tough dough which, in turn, will yield a dry and uneven bread. I added the zest of a medium orange and substituted a quarter cup of the buttermilk with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Over to the recipe: Tender crumb, crunchy topping and a long standing popular favorite: blueberry, orange and almonds.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup oil ( you can subsitute it with unsalted butter or olive oil)
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- ⅓ cup almonds (finely chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a standard 9×5 loaf pan.
- In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, orange juice, egg and oil. (in case you’re using butter then melt it before mixing it with the buttermilk and egg)
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients.
- Gently stir and fold the ingredients until all the flour has been incorporated and a shaggy, wet batter is formed. Be careful not to over-mix. Stir in the blueberries.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and pat it into the corners. Top with almonds.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
- The loaf should be domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.
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