Blueberry bread with cornmeal コーンミール入りブルーベリーパン

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Although blueberries in the U.S. are available almost all year round because they are being imported from South America, there is still something special about the seasonality of local blueberries which are only available in early summer. In our grocery store, good, sweet and cheap blueberries have arrived. I got 4 packages and my wife decided to make blueberry bread. We posted blueberry bread previously but this one is slightly different and this is mostly for our record. Since we forgot to set aside some fresh blueberries for garnish, I used cherries instead (they are also in season locally).

This is a quick bread and cornmeal is also added which gives it slightly different texture and taste.


4 1/2 cups AP flour

1 1/2 cup cornmeal

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3 cups blueberries

3 cups buttermilk

9 Tbs. butter melted

The zest from 3 lemons

3 large eggs

3 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line the bottom of a baking dish with parchment, first greasing the dish with butter then the top of the paper after it has been placed in the dish. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together. then add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix until blended. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish #1. add the blueberries on top and use your fingers to tamp them into the dough # 2 (this keeps them from sinking to the bottom).

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees then lower the temperature to 350 and bake another 20 minutes until golden brown and a tester comes out clean #3 and #4. 

According to my wife, this recipe is a bit easier to make than  the original blueberry bread. The texture is a bit courser than the original but the taste of cornmeal comes through and is very pleasant. Also the lemon rind adds a hint of citrus flavor. This is very good and perfect breakfast bread and a symbol of summer.

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