Ayyyyeee! Last week I was sort of barely here on da blog and on social (even tho I’m always on the insta stories). I’ve been planning a fun lil’ thing that I’m excited to share with you. Hint: I can cook in it and I’m gonna make it look as pretty and functional as possible! MORE SOON!
In the meantime, I have a ton of new-to-you summer recipes to share. The past few weeks have been filled with lots of cooking and I took all of your suggestions into account.
You all asked for easy and sort of healthy weeknight dinners AND you asked for some desserts using blueberries, pies (coming soon!) and more cakes (you speakin’ my language).
This obviously falls into the blueberry category and not the healthy, weeknight dinner.
This cake is soooo delicious. It’s dense and the crumb is titteee.
The blueberries and poppy seeds add a nice crunch and texture to it. I love poppy seeds but for a long time I was like what is their point. Well, if you taste poppy seeds all by themselves, you’ll realize that they’re kinda floral.
They add this nice floral note to all desserts they’re added to and their crunch element is very much appreciated in soft desserts like this pound cake.
I got artsy AF on the top and I suggest you do the same because it’s a splendid way to express your inner emotions haha.
I added the creme fraiche glaze to a piping bag (these are my favorite because they’re inexpensive and don’t require a tip on the end) and did some lines up and down the cake. Then I added blueberries to about half of the cake (the glaze underneath held them in place) and then added some lime zest to the top.
That’s it! Looks much harder than it actually is.
Gonna be very real with you: I sometimes don’t like glazes because they can be too sweet. The creme fraiche (you can also use sour cream) adds such a nice tartness to it. Truly is delicious on its own.
Happy Summer, YO!
Here’s the pan I used (though a normal 9×5 or 8×4 will also work):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- Lime zest from 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (you can also use a mix of blueberries and blackberries), plus 1/2 cup more for topping
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 teaspoons crème fraîche
- 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch or 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, poppy seeds, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the vanilla bean caviar and sugar until the little speckles of vanilla bean are mixed throughout.
- To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, add the sugar and softened butter. With the paddle attachment on the mixer, beat for about 5 minutes, until pale in color. Mix in one egg at a time, being sure each egg is incorporated before adding another.
- In a measuring cup, measure out the milk. Whisk in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla extract. If it gets clumpy (it most likely will, don’t worry—it’ll smooth out and be delicious).
- Fold flour mixture into butter mixture, alternating with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Add the blueberries and fold them in until evenly disbursed.
- Pour the pound cake batter into the prepared 9x5-inch loaf pan and transfer to the oven to bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. It might take a bit longer, depending on which pan you’re using. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack.
- While the pound cake is cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar, crème fraîche and water. If glaze is too thick, add the additional tablespoon. It should be thick but barely pourable.
- I ended up slicing the top mound part off of my cake. I trimmed it so it was perfectly rectangular and flat. You don’t HAVE to do this. I trimmed it and flipped it over onto a serving plate.
- If you like you can add the glaze to a piping bag. Snip off the end and pipe it out onto the top of the cake. Arrange the blueberries to half of the top of the pound cake. Garnish with a bit of fresh lime zest.