Blooming Blueberry Bread

You know those pictures of blooming bread on Pinterest?  The ones with pepperoni and cheese or bacon and onions and cheese?  Always cheese!

I decided that a sweet version of that type of bread would be a great idea.  I was right!

Blooming Blueberry Bread

 

It starts with a loaf of artisan bread.  I bought mine in the bakery section of the grocery.  Then I added sweetened cream cheese, fresh blueberries a drizzle of melted butter and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

Pop all of that into the oven and what comes out is purely marvelous!

I could not stay away from this bread.  And neither could anyone else.

When I made it, there were only two of us at home.  And my youngest son, who was with me doesn’t like blueberries.  I wasn’t sure he’d even give the bread a try.  I decided I didn’t need to eat a whole loaf, so I gave some to our neighbors.

Then my youngest daughter and her friend came in.  They both ate bite after bite.  By the time my oldest son got home, there were only a few bites left.

Blooming Blueberry Bread eatathomecooks

 

See all that gooey, sweet cream cheese?  And the blueberries that have “popped” in the oven?  Amazing!

It’s very easy to make, only taking a few minutes to put it together.  Your family will love you for serving this!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Blooming Blueberry Bread ingr

Blooming Blueberry Bread

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 round loaf artisan style bread
  • 4 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar together with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Score the bread in a grid pattern, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and spread cream cheese and blueberries all through the scored sections of bread.
  5. Drizzle melted butter over bread.
  6. Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle over the top of bread.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot through.
  8. Serve immediately.

 

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread

It’s no secret that blueberry and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combos, but I am so glad that I decided to try blueberry and orange together! It’s a burst of sunshine and happiness in your mouth! Blueberries are in season, and I am enjoying every minute of it. I love them in my yogurt, in my green smoothies, in muffins, cakes and more!

Blueberry Orange Bread EAH

The only juice my son will drink is Sunny D, so that is what I used in this bread. However, any OJ could be used, you just may need to increase the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet the juice is.

blueberry orange slice EAH

Look at all those blueberries! I made mini loaves of bread, but you could also make one 9 inch loaf (or use a muffin pan, just reduce baking time.)

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup Sunny D juice drink
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Glaze – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and enough Sunny D juice to reach desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together juice, egg, oil and zest, if using.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Fold in the blueberries.
  6. Divide batter into 3 mini loaf pans, or one large (9 inch) loaf pan (sprayed with non stick cooking spray, or greased with butter)
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes for mini loaves or approx. 55-60 minutes for large loaf, or until bread is golden and springs back when lightly pressed.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. While slightly warm, pour glaze over top of bread loaves, if desired.

If you are looking for more great recipes for blueberries, check out the Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries!

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in NC with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. You can find her blogging about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

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