Summer Pick-Me-Up

I am going to let you in on a little secret. There’s something the “Pure Michigan” ads don’t let on about. It’s the goodness of Michigan’s blueberry season. From late July to mid August, Michigan blueberries are about the finest produce around (in my eyes).
One of my favorite activities with my children is going blueberry picking. Something about being in the hazy days of summer and eating blueberries right off the bush transports me back about 20 years when my mom used to take my little sister and I blueberry picking.
My kids like to eat more than pick, but once we get home, I usually whip up this delicious recipe from my friend Sara. It is perfect for impromptu summer house guests and a great way to showcase all Michigan has to offer.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

1/2 c butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 c sugar
2 lg. eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c milk
2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c fresh or frozen blueberries
Topping (You won’t want to omit this part!)
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c flour
3 tbs butter (softened, but not melted)
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, milk, flour, baking powder and soda, salt and berries.
  3. Mix and spread in a 9×13 inch pan.
  4. Mix topping and sprinkle on coffee cake.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! (Serves 18)
–Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “Summer Pick-Me-Up”

  1. 1 Anonymous August 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Yummy! What a wonderful tradition to pass on. Thanks for another great recipe, Kim.

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