Beyond being a necessity with three kids at home, cooking is both a creative passion and a way to destress for me. My favorite is baking, and one of my go-to star ingredients in the summer are blueberries. Now, I make about a dozen loaves of Lemon Blueberry bread each year – it’s become a summer calling card of mine. But today I was really needing to get into the kitchen, and wanted to try something different.
These cookies are ver light, almost cake like. I think they’d go really well with a hot tea on a cool afternoon, as we welcome Autumn.
Lemon Blueberry Tea Cookies
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a pan with either a silicon sheet or parchment paper. I have not been happy with how they brown using a cooking sheet, as they tend to stick a little.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat the 2 eggs in a small bowl, then mix in. Incorporate the sour cream.
Slowly add the flour mixture, blending well.
Carefully blend in the blueberries. Note: you may want to add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the blueberries beforehand, if they are thawed and giving off a lot of liquid.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheet for another 10 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
To be honest, I really find it best to eyeball this. Basically you're going to combine the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and just enough lemon juice to get a consistency you feel will spread well. I use a pastry brush.
I’ve said this before: I really wish I liked bananas. Despite my efforts over the years, I’ve just not been able to become a fan. But, strangely enough, I love to bake with them. So today, I took some well riped fruit and made some loaves. After the house quieted down, I decided to end the evening by making some muffins.
These muffins are large, moist, and visually beautiful. Hope you enjoy them!
Banana Crumb Muffins
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Grease 10 muffin tins or line with muffin cups.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the bananas, egg, white sugar, and butter.
Add the banana puree to the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Using a 1/3 measuring cup, pour the batter into the 10 muffin tins.
For the crumble toping, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. Using a fork, whish until a crumbled mixture. Spoon by the tablespoon full on top of the muffins, liberally.