The Quarantine Series: Baking

During this time of “quarantine” between becoming a new home school teacher and managing our daily household, I have tried to make sure that we are using all of the items that we are getting from the grocery store- especially whatever fruit we have on hand. My girls love breakfast, so I always try to make sure that it goes off without a hitch. It also makes the morning go easier by having something ready to roll, and then we can get a hot cup of coffee sooner!  I am going to share some of my favorite recipes in this baking series this week that we have really been loving so far, first on deck:




Buttermilk Blueberry Cake

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup  sugar 
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over
  • ½ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Using a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, cream the butter with the lemon zest and the 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon of sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture to the batter, and stir with spatula to incorporate. Add all of the buttermilk. Stir. Add remaining flour, and stir until flour is absorbed. Fold in the blueberries. (Leave excess flour from the blueberry bowl behind.)
  4. Grease an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes — a 9-inch pan will be done in closer to 35 minutes; an 8-inch pan usually needs 40 to 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.
You could easily make this into muffins as well, enjoy this recipe!

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