Blueberry Buckle for Christmas Breakfast

bbr.jpgTwas the night before Christmas… ;O)

I think I’m ready, how about you? I love to have everything done the night before so we can laze around and enjoy being together Christmas morning. Dh gets tomorrow off! To you city folks, that may seem like a given, but agricultural folks work round the clock…cattle need fed and doctored even on Christmas!

Our Christmas breakfast tradition always includes a warm wedge of streusal-topped Blueberry Buckle, served with cream.

Here’s the recipe just for you!

Blueberry Buckle

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened (go real butter!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (being a former Texan, I prefer pecans!)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan, or a 10-inch tube pan. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat sugar and 1/4 cup margarine until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to sugar mixture, beating well after each addition. Spread 2/3 of batter into greased and floured pan; top with blueberries. Carefully spread with remaining batter.

In medium bowl, combine 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Using pastry blender or fork, cut in 1/4 cup margarine until mixture is crumbly. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-65 minutes or until cake is deep golden brown. Cool ten minutes; remove from pan. Serve warm with cream, if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

I have all my dry ingredients mixed up so assembling it in the morning will take less than 5 minutes. It will be half baked by the time the munchkins tumble forth, smelling the house up all Christmasey! By the time we unstuff the stockings it will be ready to enjoy…

Wonder what Dh is up to…he said he had a project in the shop to finish up…he’s taking forever…

Merry Christmas to you all! And to you all…a good night!

What’s a favorite tradition at your house on this special day?

A Christmas Version of 1 Corinthians 13

My mil emailed this to me:

I CORINTHIANS 13 – A CHRISTMAS VERSION

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at
mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to
give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

A warm “Thank You!” to IFA Michigan Regional Representative, Rev. John Booko, for passing along the above; author unknown.