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Bonkers for Blueberries

Taking their cue from Native Americans, early settlers of America introduced blueberries into their diets when other food sources were scarce. Mocking their British roots, the first colonists added blueberries to traditional English fruit and dough puddings and renamed them "buckle," "grunt," and "slump." During the Civil War of the 1860s, blueberries were collected, packaged, and sent to Union troops for use as a food staple. The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called "bloom." Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. Did you know…The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer!

Maritime Blueberry Buckle
  • Ingredients

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup shortening
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    1/3 cup milk
    2 cups fresh blueberries
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup softened butter

  • Additional Information

    Original recipe makes 9 servings
    PREP 15 mins
    COOK 35 mins
    READY IN 1 hr 10 mins

Additional Information

Original recipe makes 9 servings
PREP 15 mins
COOK 35 mins
READY IN 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup softened butter

Directions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking dish. Whisk 1 cup flour, the baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat the shortening and 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into prepared pan, then sprinkle evenly with blueberries. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl with a fork until crumbly and evenly mixed. Sprinkle evenly over the blueberries.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the buckle comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving warm.
Maritime Blueberry Buckle
  • Ingredients

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup shortening
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    1/3 cup milk
    2 cups fresh blueberries
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup softened butter

  • Additional Information

    Original recipe makes 9 servings
    PREP 15 mins
    COOK 35 mins
    READY IN 1 hr 10 mins

Additional Information

Original recipe makes 9 servings
PREP 15 mins
COOK 35 mins
READY IN 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup softened butter

Directions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking dish. Whisk 1 cup flour, the baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat the shortening and 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into prepared pan, then sprinkle evenly with blueberries. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl with a fork until crumbly and evenly mixed. Sprinkle evenly over the blueberries.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the buckle comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving warm.