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Blueberry Bread

This blueberry bread recipe is a simple quick bread that I look forward to making when fresh blueberries are in season. It's so good that I end up making it year-round. —Karen Scales, Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 pieces)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Whisk the egg, orange juice and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Toss blueberries with remaining flour; fold into batter.
  • Pour into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 60-65 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Blueberry Bread Tips

Should you rinse blueberries before baking?

You can wash blueberries before baking or snacking to remove any unwanted dirt or pesticides. Keep in mind that you'll want to rinse blueberries right before baking or eating, though. Otherwise, your blueberries will get mushy sitting in the fridge! Make sure you're not making any of these berry mistakes either.

How do you stop frozen blueberries from bleeding?

To prevent frozen blueberries from bleeding, make sure to rinse them beforehand. Continually rinse them in cold water until their hue changes from a dark to light blue. Make sure to pat them dry with paper towels before throwing them into your dough. Use up extra blueberries by making one of these recipes that use up frozen berries.

How do you keep blueberries from sinking to the bottom while baking?

It's easier than you think to prevent blueberries from sinking. Just split the batter and blueberries in half and alternate batter and blueberry layers. Start by layering the batter in the pan and then sprinkle half of the blueberries on top and then coat with another layer of batter and the remaining blueberries.

What blueberry bread variations can I try?

Lemon is a great compliment to blueberry bread. Try it out in this lemon blueberry bread recipe!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Editor's Note
If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 165 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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