I don’t know about you, but I am loving all of the blueberries right now! They are so inexpensive in the stores that I can’t keep from buying them and that inspires me to bake. I am hoping to get some blueberry scones made in the next week, but for now, this cake will have to hold me over. Seeing how much I love blueberries, I really should start growing them myself. I eat my weight in them each summer, or so it seems. My sister tried to grow them and her blueberry bush didn’t produce the first year, then the second year I believe that she got a few. Her husband, my brother-in-law, is a much more diligent gardener than I am, so if they had issues, I am not sure that I would be any more successful. I googled “growing blueberries” and came up with this information from The Gardener’s Network:
How to Grow Blueberries:
Select healthy young plants from a reputable nursery or garden supply store .
Plant them in the spring. Blueberries grow best is full sun. They need acidic soils with a pH of 4.0 to 4.5. They like clay and other poor or rocky soils. You may need to increase the acidity in your soil to grow healthy bushes. Space blueberry bushes about five to six feet apart. We recommend rows eight to ten feet apart. They will tolerate a little crowding. Mix in healthy amounts of compost and other organic matter. Keep a thick layer of mulch around your blueberry bushes to eliminate weeds, and help keep the soil moist. Water well after planting and in the first few weeks as necessary to promote good root growth.
Now the waiting begins. A new bush will produce fruit in the third year! After that, your bush will thrive for many years to come with just a little care and maintenance.
Add fertilizer once in the spring and again in late summer. The latter application will help to promote buds for next year
That got a little technical for me in the beginning, but once they said “They like clay and other poor or rocky soils.”, I saw a glimmer of hope! That is just like my soil! Perhaps I will give the blueberry bushes a shot next year. Now, onto the recipe!
Blueberry Crumble Cake
¾ cup white granulated sugar
¼ cup shortening
½ cup milk
2 cups GF all-purpose flour (I mixed my own – it is Carol’s mix, the sorghum one)
2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup GF all-purpose flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ cup butter or margarine, softened (I always use butter when I bake)
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease 8 x 8 pan
2. Cream together sugar, shortening, egg
3. In a separate bowl mix 2 cups flour, xanthan gum, baking powder & salt
4. Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk. Stir in blueberries & pour into pan.
5. Topping: Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and butter and sprinkle over batter.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.