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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

blueberry, tart, candy

What could be better than a delicious slice of coffee cake to enjoy with your cup of char? How about sour cream and fresh blueberries, in the form of a blueberry sour cream coffee cake?

When people think of fresh blueberries, or even frozen blueberries for that matter, they generally think of healthy smoothies or pancakes.

While it is true that frozen blueberries or fresh blueberries can be used in a variety of different recipes, if you combine them with sour cream to make a coffee cake, you can make a blueberry sour cream coffee cake that people will come back to again, and again, and again.

This delicious coffee cake is dangerously moreish, it makes a delicious breakfast snack, and it鈥檚 such a great cake that people will think you purchased it from a professional bakery.

For those of you who love juicy blueberries, rich sour cream, and fresh coffee, this blueberry sour cream coffee cake is something you simply must try baking yourself.

Ingredient details

Before we share the recipe for this tasty and delicious blueberry sour cream coffee cake with you, first we鈥檙e going to go over the ingredients in more detail.

You may not think it, but something as seemingly basic as forgetting the powdered sugar, or using vanilla essence instead of extract, can make a huge difference to the overall quality of this amazing coffee cake.

Coffee cakes are not difficult to make. Tasty coffee cakes such as this blueberry sour cream coffee cake however, are much tougher to make. Follow our advice and gather the right ingredients however, and you're all set.

Flour

pasta, fettuccine, fresh pasta

No cream coffee cake would be complete without flour. Unless it鈥檚 a gluten-free cake recipe in fact, no cake would be complete without flour.

What you may be surprised to learn, though, is that the type of flour used in your blueberry sour cream coffee cake can make a huge difference to the overall taste and texture of the cake.

When you bake such a great cake, you need to use quality ingredients, which is why all-purpose flour works so well. This flour mixture is versatile as it contains just enough gluten to make a stretchy cake batter, without it being too light or too dense.

Sour cream

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Thought all sour cream was created equal? Oh definitely not.

Sour cream is very important when making a blueberry sour cream coffee cake, as it helps cut through the sweetness, giving a uniquely rich finish to the cake, without it being too sickly.

Use a good quality sour cream, and make sure when you add it to the remaining batter mix, you add it at room temperature. If you add it directly from the fridge it will bring down the temperature of the blueberry cake mix.

Make sure you use full fat sour cream, as low fat will not work.

Eggs

eggs, chicken eggs, raw eggs

If you bake a cake, be it a blueberry sour cream coffee cake, or any other cake for that matter, you need to make sure that you use good quality eggs.

Eggs are another raising agent in this cream blueberry coffee cake along with the baking powder, though they work very differently.

Beaten eggs help the cake batter to rise and to become light and fluffy. Make sure you beat plenty of air into the eggs as this will give you a light and fluffy blueberry cake recipe.

Your eggs should also go into the remaining batter mix at room temperature.

Vanilla extract

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To give this blueberry sour cream coffee cake a sweet and vanilla-y finish, you need to ensure that you use a fine quality extract of vanilla.

Never use vanilla essence as it tastes bitter and artificial and will not work with this sour cream coffee cake at all.

As well as vanilla extract, you can also use vanilla paste or fresh vanilla seeds if you can source them.

Almond extract can also be used to make a nutty, tender cake mix.

Baking powder

In order for your cake mixture to rise, you need to make sure you use baking powder.

When using this powder, make sure you use fresh. If you鈥檝e a tub of baking powder that鈥檚 been sitting in the back of your cupboard for years it won鈥檛 work, and your blueberry sour cream coffee cake won鈥檛 rise and will be very dense.

Blueberries

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Of course, if you鈥檙e making a blueberry coffee cake, you will need blueberries.

Blueberries are sweet and tart, and are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants that are very good for you. Not only that, but they work extremely well with coffee and with sour cream.

You can use frozen blueberries for more of a jam-like texture, or you can use fresh blueberries. You might even consider both and drop some whole blueberries into the cake batter before it goes into the oven.

Brown sugar

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While you can use white sugar to make this blueberry sour cream coffee cake, after much trial and error, we have to say that brown sugar is superior in every single way, especially when making the streusel topping for this cake.

Brown sugar works so well in this recipe. The sweetness of the brown sugar offsets the acidity and tartness of the blueberries and the richness of the sour cream.

Not only that, but brown sugar also caramelizes better and gives the cream coffee cake a deep and rich dark colour. By all means use white sugar if that鈥檚 all you have, but when you combine brown sugar with the rest of the ingredients in this dish, something very magical happens.

Lemon zest

ginger, hot lemon, tea

The zest of a lemon will give a sharp and citrus-y taste that cuts through the richness of the cake perfectly.

Make sure you use fresh lemons. Finely diced preserved lemons will work as a last resort.

Blueberry sour cream coffee cake

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Now that we鈥檝e looked at some of the key ingredients used to make this cream coffee cake recipe we鈥檙e now going to give you a step by step guide on how to make it.

Here鈥檚 a look at what you鈥檒l need.

Ingredients:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 cups of all purpose flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 cup of full fat sour cream (you may use Greek yoghurt instead)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 陆 cup of sweet blueberries (use frozen blueberries, fresh, or a combination)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 戮 cup of melted butter

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 large beaten eggs

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tbsp baking powder

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tsp baking soda

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 tsp vanilla extract, paste, or seeds

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tbsp lemon zest

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 cup of brown sugar

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 录 tsp salt

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 tsp instant coffee

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Powdered sugar

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Water for glaze

For the streusel topping:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 6 tbsp chilled unsalted butter cut into cubes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 戮 cup of all purpose flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 录 cup brown sugar

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 录 cup white granulated sugar

Method:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Begin by getting your preheated oven ready, preheating it to 350F.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Next, in a small bowl, make your streusel topping by combining the cubes of butter with your all-purpose flour, the brown sugar, and granulated. Gently squeeze the dry mixture between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside when fully incorporated.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Now, in a large bowl, make your blueberry sour cream coffee cake dry mixture by adding in your flour mixture, baking soda, instant coffee, baking powder, and salt.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 When the dry ingredients have been mixed, add your wet ingredients to make a cake batter. Add in your beaten eggs, your sour cream, lemon zest, the melted butter, and the vanilla extract and gently fold the mixture together with a knife or thin spatula. Don鈥檛 use an electric mixer as this will knock the air out of your batter. For added crunch, you could add some chopped walnuts at this stage.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gently fold your juicy blueberries into the batter mixture and using a wooden spoon, scrape the mix into a prepared pan or bundt pan that has been heavily greased. If your prepared pan is not greased well enough, your blueberry sour cream coffee cake will stick, and nobody wants that.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top and place the cream coffee cake with blueberry into the preheated oven and bake for around 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the mix comes out clean.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Remove the coffee cake from the oven and place the entire cake onto a wire rack or cake plate to cool.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Once cool, remove from the wire rack, and make a simple glaze by mixing just the right amount of equal parts powdered white sugar with water, and drizzle over your cake

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 This cake can be served warm or cool on its own, or enjoyed with vanilla ice cream.

Good Tasting Coffee: How to Identify Coffee Flavors

In order to appreciate the different types of coffee available, it's important to cultivate an awareness of its unique characteristics. Let's take a look at the way coffee connoisseurs judge different cups of coffee.

Aroma

The scent of a cup of coffee has a direct influence on how we perceive its flavor. As you drink coffee try to notice if the scent is smoky, fruity, earthy, spicy, nutty or grassy.

Acidity

One of the most defining characteristics of a cup of coffee is its acidity. This is the sharp, bright tangy quality of coffee that perks up our senses. Coffee doesn鈥檛 necessarily contain just one type of acid, either. It may contain citric acid, malic acid (fruity in flavor) or even quinic acid from stale coffee, which gives us stomach aches.

Body

This is the weight, thickness and texture of coffee in your mouth. The body of different types of coffee falls on a spectrum of light- to full-bodied viscosity (thin to thick).

Flavor

This is where comparisons come in handy and there is some overlap between aroma and flavor. Your coffee might taste bitter, sweet, savory or sour with common comparisons to chocolate, wine or fruit.

Alvise Pasqualetti

Founder of Moriondo. Coffee Enthusiast. I aspire to advocate for sustainable and freshly ground coffee.聽

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