Bread, Dessert, Uncategorized

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

I made this cake yesterday to take to my firelemon-blueberry-bundt-cake-1 station for training. It was super delicious and I’m glad that I made the cream cheese frosting instead of the glaze I was originally planning on making because it just made it next level. Recipe and photo courtesy of celebratingsweets.com.

Cake:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, (if you don’t have butter milk try ⅔ cup plain or vanilla yogurt mixed with ⅓ cup milk)
  • 2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a bundt pan by greasing and flouring it. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla and beat until combined. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, mix well. Beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with buttermilk. Beat for 2 minutes. Put ⅓ of the cake batter (batter will be thick, you will most likely need to spoon it in) in the bottom of the bundt pan, sprinkle with ⅓ cup of the blueberries. Put another ⅓ of cake batter on top of that and again, sprinkle with ⅓ cup of blueberries, finish by putting remaining cake batter on top and sprinkle with remaining blueberries. Using a butter knife or spoon, push blueberries down into the cake batter a little bit. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Let cake cool completely ( I like to do this by putting it (still in the pan) into the freezer for 1 hour, it helps lock in the moisture. You can cool it on a cooling rack if you prefer. When cake is completely cooled run a butter knife around the edges and gently shake cake back and forth to loosen it before inverting it onto a cake stand or plate for frosting.

For the frosting, combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until fully combined and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake and top with fresh blueberries.

*If you are baking this at altitude, leave out the baking soda and increase the flour to 3 cups.

Bread

Five Minute Crusty Bread

No-Knead-Dutch-Oven-Bread-resizedI recently won a cooking class at our local kitchen store and the class I chose to attend was a five minute bread and butter class. Now, if you are like me you will see this name and think you can whip together the dough and in five minutes put delicious bread in the oven. That unfortunately is not the case, but the dough does come together very quickly. Just be prepared to mix it in the morning, and then you will be ready to bake delicious bread when you get home later that day. The recipe is very simple and forgiving, so even if working with yeast makes you nervous, give this recipe a chance.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, room temp or slightly warm
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast

To Make the Dough:

Put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix together with a fork until all the flour is incorporated. Cover with a clean cotton towel and let rise for 8-12 hours. When you are ready to bake put your Dutch oven, with the lid ON, in your oven and preheat to 450. Get a bowl big enough to shape a round loaf and line it with parchment paper, then generously dust with flour. Remove your bread from the original bowl with floured hands by making a scooping motion with your hand, moving around the whole bowl. As you are doing this, grab a small section of dough and stretch and fold it over the rest of the dough. Do this about 4 times, then move the prepared round of dough to your parchment lined bowl. Cover with a clean, lightweight, slightly damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes while your Dutch oven is heating in the oven. After 30 minutes, slash the top of your round of dough with a very sharp knife in any pattern you want. Remove the Dutch oven from the preheated oven and quickly transfer your parchment paper with the loaf on it into the Dutch oven. Replace the lid quickly and return the Dutch oven to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to bake for 7-10 more minutes, until you have a dark golden crust. Carefully remove the bread from the Dutch oven and enjoy.