“I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill” [recipe]

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Wild Blueberry Bread

My friend and I really ripped up Western North Carolina. We could have written our own tour book!  We hooted and hollered at the County Fair. (See: Hoedown at Haywood County Fair.)  We pretended to be culinary experts at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival and Rhubarb’s Sunday Supper. We hit the local Farmer’s Market and chomped down NC Apples at Barber’s Orchard. Then we hiked (okay, walked slowly) on The Blue Ridge Parkway….

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Summer on The Blue Ridge Parkway

And we hiked…..(a little bit slower)

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Top Of Devil’s Courthouse, Blue Ridge Parkway

Boy, did we hike!! (crawled)

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Highest Elevation, Blue Ridge Parkway

Besides burning some calories (thank goodness!!), we hit the jackpot on our winding trails:  Wild Blueberries! 

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Blueberries as far as the eye can see!  Armed with our gallon ziplocks (the allowable limit) we picked…

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“I found my thrill on blueberry hill!

And we picked…

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Boy, did we pick!

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What to do with these gorgeous plump, juicy gems? (Well, with those beautiful berries that didn’t accidentally fall into our mouths!) Something simple, yet special…Aha! Fresh-baked Wild Blueberry Bread!

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This treat is jam-packed with two cups of fresh blueberries. Lemon and Blueberries go great together! I added both vanilla and lemon extracts to really accent the flavor of the blueberries.

My Wild Blueberry Bread is:

One Giant Blueberry Muffin!

BURSTING with blueberries!

Cake-like

Light and fluffy

Very moist

Tart AND sweet

A little lemony

Slices beautifully; not crumbly (or crummy!)

Crunchy crust yet soft inside

Smells amazing!

Berry, berry good!

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BLUEberry RIDGE PARKWAY BREAD

Adapted from PBS.org

Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour, plus one teaspoon

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups fresh blueberries

2 teaspoons lemon zest

½ cup plain yogurt, regular or lowfat (I used vanilla flavored yogurt)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon lemon extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place blueberries in a small baggie with 1Tablespoon of flour. Toss well to coat berries.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt. Add the blueberries and lemon zest and gently toss to combine being careful not to crush the blueberries.
  4. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt then the dry ingredients, mixing only until incorporated, again, being careful not to crush the blueberries.
  5. Scoop batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until golden brown. (*Check with toothpick if done after one hour. My loaf was perfect after an hour.)
  6. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting gently onto a plate.

“If you want to add an extra sweet addition to this bread, you can make a simple lemon glaze for the top using a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with enough powdered sugar to make a runny glaze. Pour the glaze over top when the bread comes out of the oven and voila!

Store the bread at room temperature covered with plastic wrap.

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I’m bringing a fresh-baked loaf to the party at Fiesta Friday #32.

Do you experiment with wild berries? What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?

Original photos by Seedy Lawyer. All rights reserved.

  • Angie

    What a beautiful place! And how fun was that to hike and then find blueberries to pick! That’s one activity I’ll never get tired of doing. That bread looks scrumptious! <3

    • Very fun indeed, Angie! Happy FF!

  • Awesome Lisa!

  • Hilda

    What a gorgeous spot for hiking, and for blueberry picking. Wild blueberries really are a find, and this bread is a great way to use them. I haven’t come across any wild blueberries this year, but I’m sure this bread will be delicious with some of the cultivated ones I have picked. And who know? Maybe I’ll get lucky yet.

    • Thanks, Angie, for visiting! Happy FF!

  • I love picking berries! Saskatoons are what we picked with summer, but I’d love to head north or east and find some blueberries! Your bread recipe is going on my “To Make Soon and Very Soon” Pinterest board. Yum!

    • I have never tried Saskatoons! What do they taste like? 🙂

      • Like a cross between blueberries, cherries and crabapples. In the U.S. people call them by other names. Heard of juneberries?

  • Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

    Sounds like you had a great time! And this bread sounds amazing!

    • It was fun hiking and fun making the bread, too!

  • Sarah ‘n Spice

    What gorgeous scenery! Love this recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Happy FF!

  • Roberta

    There’s sooo many blueberries in that slice – is there any bread in there? Love the way it looks like colorful confetti.

    • Thanks, Roberta! HA! I packed those blueberries!

  • Julianna

    Wow! Just love that part of North Carolina! I have many wonderful memories of the couple of trips I have made to that area. Your recipe looks wonderful and even more so, that they berries are wild! Yum!

    • I love all the Carolinas..but Western NC is soo beautiful! I am sure your memories are wonderful! 🙂

  • Loretta

    Oooo, this looks gorgeous, and love your title to this post too :). The scenery is amazing! Can’t go wrong with wild blueberries can you? Will definitely bookmark this.

    • Thanks, Loretta! Let me know how your bread turns out! 🙂

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  • Naina | Spice in the City

    That bread looks so, so good!! I have never had wild blueberries! The flavor must be wonderful 🙂

    • Thanks! I never had wild blueberries before. They are smaller and bit more tart than regular blueberries. Yum!

  • Judi Graber

    I love wild blueberries but I buy mine frozen at Whole Foods. Your bread sure is loaded with them… good for you to do all of that picking. I use to pick wild black raspberries and it took forever but oh so worth it 🙂

    • You’re right, Judi, it did take forever! Then I had to sort thru twigs and stems when I got home. But boy was it worth it!

  • Chitra Jagadish

    oh my god, the bread looks incredible…just want to dive right in !

    • Thanks! I was hard to not eat all the bread at once! LOL

  • You had a great hike! woohoo!! 😀 I love blueberries 🙂

    • Great hike! Yummy blueberries!

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