blueberry snacking cake for a spring that feels like summer.

img_5267I like to bake something on Sundays. I used to do it religiously during Charlie’s Sunday nap each week. Something that we can munch on for breakfast or after school or when we need a little something to tide us over until the next meal. It just makes me feel good to have a homemade baked good sitting on the island that screams love all week. Muffins, a loaf of bread, cake, granola. Banana bread was on heavy rotation before Ben came along. Charlie loves baked goods as much as I do, thank goodness. Mike’s just not into the breads like we are. I hope I passed on this wonderful love to Ben too.

My Sunday baking routine has been a little bit rocked by Ben’s arrival though (as have many other things hehe) so we’ve been surviving on teddy grahams and granola bars lately. This Sunday though, I managed to put Ben in the baby k’tan for some baking while Charlie was taking his afternoon nap and Mike was out working on the yard.

I had blueberries in the freezer from a couple weeks ago when pints were going for $1. You know I stocked up. They’ve been on my mind lately, as they tumble out of the freezer with a crash each time I open the door, so I browsed around online for some blueberry recipes during a quiet nursing moment and found this easy blueberry cake on Taste of Home. It looked like just the thing for a summery week of snacking.

I hope this baking session means that I’m learning how to live life as mom of two and can get back to some of my other normal routines – like showering regularly and eating dinner at a normal speed rather than scarfing down as much as I can before someone needs me 😂.

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BLUEBERRY SNACKING CAKE

What you need:

1 stick butter (softened)
1 cup sugar + 1-2 tablespoons for topping
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup blueberries – fresh or frozen

What to do:

+ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

+ Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, 3-5 minutes.

+ Add eggs, milk and vanilla.

+ Mix in flour and baking powder until just combined.

+ Gently fold in blueberries by hand. If you want to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of your cake, mix with a tablespoon or so of flour to cost before adding. I skipping because, babies.

+ Pour into greased 8 inch cake pan OR 9×5 loaf pan.

+ Top with reserved sugar.

+ Bake for 45-50 minutes.

This was such a quick and easy everyday cake recipe. I’m sure you could substitute with other fruits that you might have on hand, but the blueberry was especially yummy.

mango bread from the backyard tree that keeps on giving. and giving. and giving.

fa1658cf-68c1-4f77-936c-a4877f726f2bI’ll be honest with you. Mango season has gotten a little bit away from me this year. We have a mango tree in our backyard which made me feel all kinds of romantic love for our house when we were looking to buy. The mango tree and the white brick built-ins scattered around made me have newly-wed visions straight out of a 1960’s romance. Call me Audrey Hepburn, but I imagined Mike and I picnicking under the mango tree on a red checkered blanket, sipping wine and munching on frozen mango bits all summer long.1876169f-88df-47c7-a2b6-c0ea326263c1Naive, Hoosier-born, first time Florida home-buyer that I was, I had no idea that 1. I’m allergic to mangoes, 2. no one goes outside to picnic in the summer in Florida (ha!), 3. how annoying and messy it is to cut up a mango because of the massive pit in the middle, and 4. if I did or did not like mangoes – I had never tasted one before! I was pretty sure I was going to like them though. Luckily, I do like mangoes. And after I broke out in hives all over my body during our first mango season, I discovered that I either had to thoroughly wash my hands after handling the skin, or wear rubber gloves. I also watched a very helpful video on how to properly cut mangoes to get the most fruit from around that giant pit. Click here to watch a similar one if you have lived that struggle too.dba643e8-dc83-4291-ac6a-e5dacb744420I still do love having a mango tree in the backyard and can’t help but dream every now and then of picnics under the shade of the tree in the summer. It also turns out that Charlie loves mango which is an amazing plus, but mango trees, like any fruit tree or  plant, take dedication if you want to actually eat the fruit. When one ripens – they’re all about ready to ripen. Last week we had a total of 36 mangoes waiting patiently on the windowsill, the kitchen island and the grill outside. That’s on top of the 19 mangoes I cut up and froze last weekend! Seriously.  The storms we’ve had rolling through lately have had them dropping like juicy grenades from the sky.ca148d4c-126f-4637-9191-9549f2d9d0fc

I’m running out of room in the freezer! You all know my love of carbs, so I hunted down the best looking recipe for mango bread that I could find, and it’s a winner! I love that this one uses pureed mango rather than chunks as I don’t love that chunks of fruit tend to sink to the bottom of breads. It also put a dent in the mangoes lined up on the windowsill while giving us the yummiest bread to munch on inside our lovely, air conditioned house with white brick built-ins, not on a picnic blanket under the mango tree where your very life is at risk of being taken out by a  mango grenade from above, swarms of mosquitoes, or hyperventilation due to Florida humidity. All jokes aside – try the bread. It’s delish.

I adapted the recipe slightly from this one – less sugar in my recipe (our mangoes are super sweet!), and canola oil instead of the avocado suggested. I also left out the rum for my little 7 month old man (who woke up from his nap during the baking of this bread) who has happily been gobbling this bread up.8686ebbe-37e7-4199-a713-391f8534df37The recipe calls for 3 cups of mango puree, which used about 5 of our medium-sized mangoes. You may have to adjust slightly up or down!c9388a7d-d4f1-4e0b-acc9-2554b6baabe3Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola or any neutral oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups mango

Here’s what to do: 

Set oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, salt, baking soda, & ground cinnamon). In another bowl – I used a kitchenaid mixer – mix the rest of the ingredients (sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and mango). Add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans and bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Freezes well if you don’t want to eat both loaves right away!