Blueberries are in season right now and you can get them at a really great price. Not only are they great in things like fruit salads or your morning oatmeal, but you can do many different desserts with them. While I do love to make blueberry pie, I was looking for something a little bit different recently to make with some of the fresh blueberries I got. I came across this recipe from Williams-Sonoma and it sounded pretty good so I thought I would give it a try and see how they came out.
Individual Blueberry-Lemon Cakes
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the inside of 6 small ramekins with butter. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries and the 1/4 cup of sugar and cook, stirring until the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 3 to 4 minutes. in a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch and it into the saucepan. Bring it to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and 6 tablespoons of sugar. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the flour mixture, whisking until the batter is just combined.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of the blueberry mixture into the bottom of each ramekin. Top each with 1/4 cup of the batter and then 1 tablespoon of the blueberry mixture. Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the tops of the cakes are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the ramekins before serving.
These cakes came out great. The blend of the blueberries with the lemony flavor of the cake is wonderful. You could easily double this recipe to make more if you want to make some for a larger crowd or even place them in larger ramekins if you want bigger portions. You can dust the tops with some confectioner’s sugar and serve them with some fresh whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream. in any case, it makes for a quick and easy dessert that you can make in no time at all.
That’s all I have for today. Check back again next time for some more recipes, including another blueberry recipe I just tried from Bon Appetit for blueberry hand pies. It’s very easy to make and they taste great too.I also have some other recipes I have tried recently for a new roasted chicken, braised short ribs, some roasted green beans, watermelon agua fresca and more, so keep checking in to see what’s next. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!