Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Early Summer is the time for blueberries on the prairie.
Growing up blueberries were not grown in the midwest
But new varieties allow this wonderful berry
To be grown here.

We don't have bushes
But we do buy blueberries

Lots and lots of blueberries

And we use them --

In blueberry muffins for breakfast
(with leftovers for tea that afternoon)

In pancakes for breakfast

To decorate lemon tartlets for a "fancy" afternoon tea

In a blueberry crumble for a company lunch
Or for our dinner dessert

And our favorite blueberry lemon cake
(or lemon blueberry cake)

Of course, there are plenty for the freezer as well
Blueberries freeze the best of any fruit

And locally grown blueberries are just
the best!

Blueberry muffins are easy -- just add blueberries to your favorite plain muffin recipe.
Blueberry pancakes, too, are simple blueberries scattered on top of
the pancakes as you put them on the griddle.
A crumble is just fruit and sugar (and a bit of lemon) and topped with flour, nuts, oatmeal and brown sugar and baked.
The lemon tartlets are lemon curd in little pastry cups topped with a fresh blueberry
Because the tartlets look a bit "naked" without something . . . and a blueberry is the perfect "something"
And the lemon blueberry cake!
It's a great breakfast cake
A great afternoon tea cake
And a great dessert cake!
It's good even with store blueberries
But, of course, it's way better with fresh locally grown ones.
It's from one of my favorites, Anna Pump,
And I've made it again and again.
It's just one of those recipes!


2 1/4 c. fresh blueberries
2 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 t. baking soda


2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350.    Butter a 10 inch tube pan.

Spread the blueberries in 1 layer on a sheet pan and freeze for 1 hour.    This will keep the berries from sinking to the bottom of the cake.

In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer mix geother the butter, sugar and lemon zest at high speed until light in color.    Add the lemon juice, eggs and 1 cup of the flour.     Beat at medium speed until the batter is smooth.     Add the sour cream and another cup of flour and the baking soda.    Mix at low speed  until no traces of flour remain.

Combine the frozen blueberries and the last cup of flour.   Fold the mixture into the batter, which should be very thick.

Spoon the dough into the prepared tube pan.    Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.    Cool for 15 minutes in the pan.

To make the glaze, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.    Drizzle over the cake.     Let the cake cool completely before removing it from the pan.


Beth said...

Hi Martha, Your blueberry crumble, muffins, and pancakes look great! We have 4 blueberry bushes and the past 3 years we have had more than we can eat or even pick. The birds will help us, though. I have 18 cups of blueberries in the freezer and there are more coming on. I had some on my oatmeal this morning, and made a pie a couple of weeks ago. Blueberries are a healthy food. They aren't hard to grow for us (Iowa). I add sulfur or aluminum sulfate to the soil and periodic compost. I enjoyed reading about your use of blueberries and it gives me ideas for some ways I can use them too.

Rue said...

Martha, that cake and everything else look so tasty! Thank you for the recipe.

Linderhof looked wonderful all dressed up. I hope you and yours had a lovely Fourth :)


Pat said...

Unfortunately, I am the only one at our household who likes blueberries!!!
Sunday after Church, at our local Village Inn,
I ordered a blueberry pancake with warm blueberry syrup!!!
It was deliciously divine!!!

Anonymous said...

You have some great ideas for blueberries. The recipe looks delish! My favorite way to eat blueberries is to pop them in my mouth like candy.