Monday, July 8, 2013

Red, White and Blueberry season

Hi Toni (Ryder) Holmes here- Happy 4th of July a little late. What I love about summer are all the fresh fruits and the great get-togethers that come with the warmer weather and the soft summer evenings.

One of favorite pot luck/family dessert is especially good when blueberries are in season like they are in July. Here's a mouth watering recipe from the back of my first book (Gluten For Punishment.)

(FYI- my writer grew up next to Poole's Blueberry Farm and so the super fruit has many wonderful memories attached.)  What fruits bring on your summer memories?

Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake:
1 cup walnuts or pecans- optional
1/4 cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cake batter:
2 cups all purpose gluten-free baking mix – I use Pamela’s Mix (I
have a recipe for making your own if you want.)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup butter
2 eggs, large
1 cup sour cream
1 cup powdered sugar
¾ teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 Tablespoons of water- add more or less to make it creamy and pourable.
Additionally 1 cup blueberries washed and rinsed.

Preheat oven to 350degrees F. Mix filling and set aside.
Soften butter in a bowl. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. On low speed, alternate baking mix with sour cream until incorporated.
Grease a 9 inch bundt or spring form. Spoon ½ batter into pan, covering the bottom. Sprinkle ½ of the filling over the batter. Sprinkle blueberries or dried fruit over that. Spoon remaining batter over the top of the berries. Then sprinkle remaining filling on top. Then take a butter knife and insert straight down into batter moving up and down in a zig zag pattern motion to marbleize cake. Do not smooth out. Bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. While warm run a knife around the edges. When cool remove from pan and glaze.


  1. Watermelon dripping down my chin... It seems like I was always sticky during the summers when I was a kid.

  2. We have been trying to get to our berries before the birds this past week - I think we lost!

  3. I guess only watermelon comes to mind when I think of summer fruits. And my brother and cousins having seed-spitting contests. But now it is very hard to find a watermelon with seeds.
    The recipe looks yummy!

  4. Watermelon. My Mom would start a watermelon seed plucking war. The best was getiing Daddy in the head and getting the evil eye! And of EATING the watermelon!

  5. Sweet cherries! That means it is really finally summer.