Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Little Bit of This...

Happy Thursday y'all! Hope everyone is having a great week so far- I am so ready for the weekend. It's been one of those weeks where every day I wake up feeling like it should be Friday! I have a few simple recipes I wanted to share, just in time for our favorite part of the week.
Get ready for some randomness...

I made this Blueberry Breakfast Cake for Mother's Day breakfast that I posted last week. I loved how it wasn't too sweet, not dry at all, and had one of my favorite breakfast fruits-blueberries! From the family reviews, it sounds like a keeper. I think it will be even better once fresh, local blueberries are in season.

And mine..


Serves 6-8

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk

* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the 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 the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.

4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.


Now, totally switching directions, I have an insanely easy dip recipe you need to serve at your next get together. I made this last week when we had Buffalo Chicken Tacos with friends- I served this first and I kid you not, the entire thing was eaten! 

Sadly this is the only photo of the dip- absolutely does not do it any justice but just believe me.


1/2 cups cream cheese (flat pkg)
1 (14 ounce) can refried beans
1 3/4 cups salsa, medium works best
2 cups mozzarella-cheddar blend cheese


-Flatten softened cream cheese in bottom of a pie plate or shallow dish.
-Spread the re-fried beans over top.
-Cover with salsa.
-Cover this with the cheese blend.
-Bake 350* for 10 minutes.

It is that easy- I have also made this recipe plenty of times prior to this minus the beans if you aren't into them. This was just the first time I have tried the beans and it was a hit.

Tried any new recipes lately? Have a great day y'all!!


thecoffeehouse said...

off to eat breakfast now ... you made me. ;)

pam {simple details} said...

My boys would love that bean dip, and so easy, thanks! :)

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

YUM! I can't show these recipes to my husband or I might gain like 10 lbs! :)

Sarah said...

I made that breakfast cake a few months ago and loved it! So good...and you're right in that it wasn't too sweet. Yum!!

Hilary said...

Thanks for the recipes - I love trying new stuff, especially the ones that are 'easy' ;)

miss b said...

I'm always on the look-out for recipes using blueberries which we love and this looks delicious - Thanks.

Lily Lemontree said...

You had me at 'blueberries', I absolutely die for them!!
Definitely must give this a try, it looks just scrumptious!!

Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC said...

I make a dip just like that except I do cream cheese, hormel chili (in a can) and cheese. SO good!!

Kristen said...

I have three Blueberry Bushes growing in my yard, and they are filled with Berries! I cannot wait to make all kinds of muffins, tarts, cakes, pancakes, etc with them!


Anne said...

I must try this blueberry recipe! Have raspberry scones on my blog today which would work with blueberries also:)

Laura said...

They look delicious Katie!

Laura xo

KatiePerk said...

ooh both of these look delicious!

Nancy said...

Fantastic! Love the recipes..

Kate @ Daffodils said...

These both look awesome!