Culinary Delights

Blueberry Boy Bait

Okay…I think maybe this could just be called Blueberry Human Bait.  The delectable smell that wafted from my oven would beckon anyone with blood running through their veins.  I found this recipe about a week ago on Smitten Kitchen and have softened the two sticks of unsalted butter approximately five different times in the course of the last seven days.  Sadly, the wee ones and realities of life prevented the Boy Bait from being made.  Well, today the stars have aligned and I am happy to report the Bait has been baked and is happily resting in our bellies.

Blueberry Boy Bait

Serves 12, generously

2 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, do not defrost first as it tends to muddle in the batter)

Topping
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (do not defrost)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

Whisk two cups flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated and scraping down bowl. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss blueberries with remaining one teaspoon flour. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping:
Scatter blueberries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl and sprinkle over batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

My oven can be temperamental so I checked my cake at 35 minutes and it appeared very done.  I inserted toothpick in a few places and it came out clean.  I would suggest you check yours at around 35 minutes too just in case your oven acts like mine does!  After cooling for 20 minutes, I inserted a mini-spatula between the edges of cake and pan to ensure easy release.  I took my cooling rack and placed it on top of the cake pan, inverted it, then gently placed my large platter on top and inverted it again.  Thus, the cake was right side up on my platter and ready to serve.  You could really just leave the cake in the pan if you wanted to.  It may depend on your presentation preference and who you will be presenting to.  I used frozen blueberries and they worked fabulously.  Let the baiting begin!

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