blueberry delight – a recipe to remember

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Hi there,

My friend, Pam, who is a wonderful and amusing writer, shared with me this story about her dear mother, who she lost to Covid last year, and this family recipe for Blueberry Delight. I know you will enjoy her story. And if you get a chance read this post about her mother and a tattoo. It can be found at https://roughwighting.net/2021/09/03/a-piercing-experience/

Pam and Marcia

My mom, Marcia, wasn’t a baker. Growing up in the U.S. Northeast, we rarely had cookies; when we did, they were store-bought. Mom made a cake three times a year: one for me in March, one for my brother in October, and one for my dad in January. Rarely did I see her eat any of these sweet concoctions. She just didn’t have a sweet tooth.

But one summer when she visited me in California where I was raising my own family, my two children picked blackberries from a friend’s three huge wild blackberry bushes.

“Shall we rinse them and put them on our Cheerios in the morning?” I wondered out loud.

“No! Let’s use Nanny’s blueberry cake recipe,” my mom suggested. What? I’d never seen (nor experienced) my grandmother’s Blueberry Cake.

Amazingly, Mom knew it from heart, even though she hadn’t baked it in ages, and certainly not while I was growing up! Even though the recipe called for blueberries, we threw in the fresh blackberries instead. I was worried that she really didn’t know what she was doing when we poured a cup of boiling water over the ingredients. But lo and behold, the cake was so luscious we made it about once a week while we had fresh blackberries.

Now that I live back on the East Coast, and particularly now that it’s blueberry season, my family, including the grandchildren, beg for “Nanny’s Blueberry Cake.” In a wonderful circular way, I called my grandmother Nanny, and my children called my mom Nanny, and so did her great-grandkids.

BLUEBERRY DELIGHT

Ingredients:

2 cups berries

Juice ½ a lemon

8” square pan. Put berries on the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with lemon juice.

¾ cup sugar

3 Tbls butter

½ cup milk

1 cup sifted flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

Directions:

Cream sugar and butter then slowly add the milk with the sifted dry ingredients. Spread batter over the fruit.

Combine 1 cup of sugar, ½-1 Tbls of cornstarch, ¼ tsp of salt. Mix and sprinkle this on top of the batter and pour 1 cup of boiling water over that.

Bake 375 for 1 hour. Serve warm with dollop of vanilla ice cream.

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Pam. If you would like to read more about her and enjoy her writing, she can be found at: https://roughwighting.net

Talk soon, ❤️💕 Bernadette

51 responses to “blueberry delight – a recipe to remember”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie Schneider says:

    What a sweet tribute to your beautiful mom! And the cake does look more than delightful! Will it work with frozen berries?
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    • To be honest, I’ve never tried the recipe with frozen berries. We enjoy it as a “summer” dessert, and blueberries are plentiful in our neighborhood stores from May through October. Hope you try it! By the way, sometimes if I want to add a little color, I include a few strawberries or raspberries too. They don’t hold up as well as blueberries, so no more than 1/4 cup or so of the red berries.

  2. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    I love this story, Pam. The recipe looks delicious and I will be making it. My hubby loves a fruit cobbler or crisp so he will enjoy this. I´m sure ant berries would work too. Thanks for featuring our friend Pam and her mom, Bernadette.

    • I believe it was your post on here that inspired me to write about my mom’s blueberry cake recipe, Darlene, and Bernadette graciously asked if I’d like to share it. What a “treat” to be included here! Hope you and your hubby enjoy it. Except… “ant berries”? I wonder what they are?

      • Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
        Darlene says:

        It would be fun to make up a story about the rare ant berries here in Spain but in actuality, I really should check my spelling before hitting the comment button. (the T and the Y are so close together) I´m glad we both got to share our dear mothers´ recipes here on Bernadette´s wonderful blog.

      • Oh! Haha! I imagine you could come up with a great story about the rare and berries! Laughing out loud. Xo

    • Thanks, Robbie. Of course YOUR desserts are amazing. This recipe isn’t as elegant as yours, but a great way to add fruit to our diet. 🙂

  3. Wonderful story and delicious looking recipe. I happen to have a quart of blackberries I picked this weekend. 🙂

    • Blackberries work so well with this recipe, Judy. I hope you try it! A bit of forewarning – it does seem like a lot of sugar. But I still count this as my “fruit” portion for the day. 🙂

  4. Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land.
    Jacqui Murray says:

    This looks scrumptious, Pam and Bernadette.

    • I will say unequivocally that you will love this dessert, Jacqui. Hope you have chance to try it. <3

      • Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land.
        Jacqui Murray says:

        My problem with cooking desserts is there is only husby and I to eat it. As a result, I rarely cook anymore. But, I will look for a blueberry dessert next time I’m out. I was looking for blueberry buckle but no one seems to know what that is anymore.

      • I’ve never figured out what a buckle is either. And, ahem, it’s just my guy and me too. But he seems to have no problem with finishing this off in a few days. I just refrigerate it after the first day. 🙂

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. After many years of daily serving up of our local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class as the spirit moves me. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    I love the story, and the technique. Looks absolutely delicious, and I think I would like it best with the blackberries!

    • I’ve tried this dessert both ways – with blackberries and with blueberries, Dorothy. And with each one I say “this is the best.” So truly – either way works. 🙂 Enjoy.

      • Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. After many years of daily serving up of our local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class as the spirit moves me. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
        Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

        I can’t wait, it sounds like fun!

  6. Time Traveler of Life – Where my Motor Home is! – Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.
    Time Traveler of Life says:

    Bernadette, you did it again! This sounds delicious. I might have to try it sometime. I just made Banana bread yesterday and had a peach and a Nectarine in the refrigerator that was past time, so I blended them with the frozen bananas and added them to my banana bread recipe. My hubby said it was good, so it was a winner.

    • That sounds like a great idea – and probably made your banana bread wonderfully moist. Hope you try this blueberry cake sometime. It’s less cake and more …. I don’t know. Not a buckle. Whatever you call it, it’s never let me down. 🙂

  7. Bernadette – you are such a super friend/blogger/cook to include me and my mom’s recipe in your beautiful and enticing blog. THANK you. I love being part of your recipe of blogging goodness. <3

    • It is my pleasure Pam. This story and the subsequent story about your mother just touched my heart. By the way, the both of you are amazingly young and beautiful. Maybe I should ask for your beauty routine instead of a recipe.

      • Awww, I think my mom and I always glowed when we were together. My mom was eternally young until she got sickened by dementia. A horrible horrible disease. You know what? She has returned to her youth and energy and feistiness. I feel it in my heart. ❤️

  8. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    Such a lovely classic summer dessert and such a sweet story!
    Jenna

  9. Bern, this looks like a great recipe, and I loved reading Pam’s story about her mom, how she remembered the blueberry cake recipe from scratch, and getting her ears pierced a second time with her granddaughter. You have a wonderful and interesting group of blog friends. I’m not surprised at all that they’ve been drawn to you. XOXO

    • Bernadette is an amazingly supportive blogger AND writes wonderful posts. I’m honored she included my story here. 💚

  10. A delicious recipe that is also beautiful AND easy to make? Count me in! Pam, I’m so glad you were willing to share this recipe through Bernadette and that it didn’t remain a secret in your family. All those years and you hadn’t had a taste of it–wow!

    • For years after I started (finally) making this blueberry recipe, I was afraid to share it with friends, because WHO pours a cup of boiling water over blueberries/batter/and sugar??? So this is the first place I got brave enough to say – “try it, you’ll like it!” 🙂

    • Awww, thanks Terrie. I’ll admit, I thought I was kinda crazy to go along with the second piercing on both my ears, but my granddaughter and I are so happy with our “signature” look. 🙂

  11. Annika Perry – East Anglia, UK – I’m a versatile writer whose books span across various genres. My first venture into publishing is "The Storyteller Speaks" and this a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Published in January 2018 "The Storyteller Speaks" has received over twenty-five glowing reviews on Amazon. "Oskar’s Quest", my second book, it is a beautifully illustrated children’s book for younger children (and all young at heart!). "Oskar’s Quest" is an engaging story of adventure and courage. I have also completed one more story for children which is as yet unpublished. "Island Girl", my first full-length novel, is in its final edits and I’m looking forward to publishing this in due course. Writing has been a passion since childhood although it is only in the past few years that I have seriously started to write fiction. Initially, a writing course gave me encouragement and direction with my writing. Furthermore, the tutor recommended blogging and in January 2015 I set up my blog, Annika Perry’s Writing Blog. I never imagined the friendships I would make and I’ve been overwhelmed with the warmth and incredible support from people around the world. In spring 2014 I won First Prize in a Writing Magazine’s Short Story Competition which was a fantastic surprise and joy. Furthermore, I was short-listed for an Ink Tears Short Story Competition the same year. The recognition of my writing ability outside of my family and friends was a huge boost to my self-confidence and as a result, I started the mammoth undertaking of writing my first novel. Meanwhile, in early 2017 I was greatly encouraged by my friends and writers to publish some of my numerous short stories in a book. It was with great excitement and sense of achievement to launch the publication of my first book, "The Storyteller Speaks", in December 2017 with the paperback released in January 2018. The latter part of 2018 and throughout 2019 was busy with the realisation of a dream project, to publish a children’s book. Like so many parents, my son when young would request a bedtime story. These I tended to make up and a couple became his and my personal favourites. I revisited one of these stories and after much rewriting, editing and finding a wonderful illustrator, "Oskar’s Quest" was ready! Overall my road to publication has been circuitous and aided by the support of my family and friends. After gaining my BA Honours Degree in German Language and Literature from the University of Leeds I started working as a journalist. Following a serious illness, I changed career and gained a position as Administration Manager for a busy timber import company. I worked here for many years before leaving to pursue my passion for writing. I am now a full-time writer, blogger and book reviewer. I was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and at the age of six, moved to the UK with my family where we settled near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Since then I have moved many times but now live in a small village in North Essex, England with my husband and occasionally my son, when he returns during university holidays. I am on the following social media sites and look forward to seeing you there. If you have a specific enquiry please use the form below. Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnikaPerry68 Author Website: https://annika-perry-author.com/ Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annika-Perry/e/B0789NNWFX/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/annika-perry-5a9ab8a6/
    Annika Perry says:

    Bernadette, a great share from Pam! 😀 Pam, it’s blackberry season here and we’re picking lots each day … now I know what to do with the extra ones! The cake looks delicious and wonder if the water adds a certain ‘softness’ to the overall bake! Can’t wait to try this out! X

    • I hope you try this recipe – exactly as it says, even with the “strange” boiling water – with your blackberries. It should be yum. Yes, i think the boiling water helps produce the nice syrupy juice with it (but it’s not watery at all). 🙂

  12. CarolCooks2 – Udon Thani – Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them. I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling. Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing. This is now taking me into other areas like deforestation, chemicals and preservatives in the food chain. Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
    CarolCooks2 says:

    A wonderful recipe and images of Pam and her mother…not sure how I missed this one but it looks delicious and definitely one to try…Thank you ladies 🙂 x

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