Blueberry Bread

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Yesterday morning while Bruce was opening the mail he noticed that our natural gas bill was unusually low as compared to years past.  He was concerned, shouted out to me and asked me what I thought of it.  Well, the answer was easy.  Our kitchen stove uses natural gas and I have hardly cooked anything for the family over the course of the past month or two.  If it was not for fast food, roast Costco chicken, or frozen dinners the members of my family would have starved to death…

I’ve been working long hours lately and I’ve rarely spent time in my kitchen.  My refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave have been the only appliances that have been put to use.  My stove, ovens and stand mixer have been idle and collecting dust.  My camera has remained in the closet and has not been touched.  By the time I get home in the evenings all I want to do is sit on my couch in complete peace and quiet.  I stopped reading my magazines, books and favorite food blogs.  I’ve hardly checked Facebook and ignored my personal emails.  Feral Kitchen has been mothballed and a good home cooked meal has been nonexistent in our home.  On the bright side, I know that these long hours are temporary and life will be back to normal before I know it.  I look forward to getting back into the kitchen.  Cooking makes me happy.

Well, all things considered, today is a brand new day.  Today is different.  Today, I have a day off!

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This morning while out shopping for groceries for the week, I spied two pounds of fresh picked blueberries.  They were just gorgeous!  Bright blue, fat and juicy.  Without hesitation, they went straight into my shopping basket.  I knew what I wanted to do with them.  I wanted to make some blueberry bread for breakfast and maybe even share some with coworkers during the busy work week.  The rest will be packed in my lunch and the others will be made into a tangy blueberry ginger vinaigrette.  If the vinaigrette turns out the way I want it to taste, I will be sure to share the recipe with you sometime soon.

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I love blueberries!  I love the flavor and color.  What’s funny about blueberries is that I refused to eat them as a child.  How weird is that?  I find it so interesting how my palate has changed as I’ve aged.  I’m curious, has that happened to you too?

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My blueberry bread is packed with fresh plump blueberries and is not too sweet.  A slice or two is great with a cup of coffee or tea.  Any leftover loaves are perfect for sharing with friends and family or as a hostess gift.  Makes 3 delicious loaves.  It’s good to be back.  See you again soon!  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, canola oil, and lemon extract.  Add blueberries to the wet ingredients.  Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix until moist and lumpy.  Don’t over mix.  Add mixture to 3 greased 4 x 8 loaf pans.  Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire racks before slicing.  Makes 3 fabulous loaves!

18 thoughts on “Blueberry Bread

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Hannah! I am starting to give up on my summer… I think that late fall or early winter I will be back to my normal schedule. I might then be able to take a vacation :).

  1. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)

    What a gorgeous looking loaf of Blueberry Bread, Tessa. The perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month, which just happens to be in July!

    I hope your work schedule doesn’t get ahead of you again. I’m sure your kitchen and your gadgets also miss you:)

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    P.s. I tried to follow you on Pinterest but your button leads to the main Pinterest board, not yours. I’ll be back though to check it again or you can stop by my blog if you get a minute to let me know it’s working.

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Lavesta! You have no idea how much I miss my kitchen… When I get a chance, I will try to figure out the pinterest button. I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Choc Chip Uru

    Oh my friend, it sounds like you definitely have been very busy! I really glad your back with this delicious blueberry studded creation :D
    I never can resist blueberries!
    Hope you get to relax more sooN!

    Cheers
    CCU

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Uru! Busy has been a huge understatement… I miss food blogging and reading about everybody’s work. Sigh… I plan on being back soon. A few months and all will be normal again. :).

  3. skoraq cooks

    You’re back in style Tessa. Blueberry bread is sooooo delicious :-) I hope that the busy season is over soon so that we can enjoy more of your wonderful recipes. All the best Tessa :-)

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hey Joanna! Thank you! I’m not out of the weeds yet…. In a couple of months I look forward to being back on a regular basis. In the meantime, it will be hit and miss :).

  4. mjskit

    What a perfect way to use blueberries! I’ve had blueberry pancakes and waffles, but never bread. This could become one of my favorite quick breads!

  5. Karen

    Your photos of the blueberries are terrific and is the look of your blueberry bread. I would love to start my day with a slice of your bread and a cup of tea. :)

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