Do you know what States in America produce the greatest amount of blueberries?
Most likely you’ll be surprised!
The number one producer of blueberries in the United States is Michigan, number two is Maine, and coming in at a strong number three is New Jersey!
Yes, the Garden State has a long affection with blueberries and blueberry cultivation. So much so that the State fruit of New Jersey is the Blueberry! And, that’s a Jersey fact that’s got to be a surprise to some people.
Below is a quick, and simple recipe for making a blueberry dessert that I hope will help bring a little blueberry bounce into your summer!
(serves – 6 )
- 2 pints fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1-cup – All purpose flour
- 1/2 – cup – Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon – Salt
- 1 – teaspoon – Baking Soda
- 6-tablespoons – Butter ( chilled)
- 1-cup – Buttermilk
- 1-teaspoon – Lemon zest ( grated)
Combine the blueberries with the sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour. Let macerate for 5 minutes.
Then Preheat the over to 350
In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, lemon zest and the remaining flour and sugar.
Add the cubed butter and blend with the flour.
Rub the butter and flour between your finger tips to create a coarse crumb.
Do not overwork!
Add the buttermilk and mix with a kitchen spoon until a shaggy dough is formed.
Do not over-mix!
In a shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish or a 9 inch deep pie plate pour in the blueberries.
With a spoon drop mounds of dough on top of the blueberries. Do not cover the entire top with the batter. Leave some areas of blueberry showing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until the berries are bubbling and the top is a nice golden brown color.
Let rest for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve as is or with the addition of whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream.
Which do you prefer, a plain cobbler or a cobbler with all the extras?
To learn more on the long history of blueberry farming in New Jersey … click —> http://www.whitesbog.org/
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