02 June 2011

Blueberry Pound Cake

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From Denny: Talk about an easy recipe! It comes from a cake mix as its base. And, with the summer heat two months early here in south Louisiana all we can think about are refreshing cold drinks and berry desserts. :)

Even though the Mississippi River is above flood stage, and not expected to go down until sometime in late July or August, we are in a drought. Guess that's a good thing because the levees are earthen levees. So, the good news is we don't have to worry about more rain on the way to weaken those levees.

Meanwhile, my suburban Baton Rouge yard is thirsty and the grass is turning brown. It's just the beginning of June! As it is Spring came unusually early in February and we have been suffering from pollen blasts for months now. Which is why I haven't posted much in weeks, especially on my beloved food blogs. Sorry about that. The pollen just overwhelmed me. There sure are a backlog of recipes to post waiting in the draft area. At least that's the good news, right? :)

Hope you enjoy this simple easy recipe from our local newspaper food section, renowned in the country: The Advocate. We have a lot of wonderful and creative cooks in south Louisiana, eager to share their recipes. The recent editor of the food section just retired and a new group has taken over, the editor a transplant from New Orleans. She is off to a great start.

In fact, I started these food blogs to catalog a lot of Louisiana recipes when the local newspaper started archiving them after only a month. Their search engine is confusing at best. In recent years they have gone to paid archives after only a month. So, now the recipes are difficult to find and you have to pay to view them - a double whammy. It's just easier to record them in a blog where Google does a far superior job of a database easier to search.

I'm all about convenience and speed. Who wants to spend too much time finding a recipe when you can be cookin' and eatin' - and a huge grin on your face to prove how tasty it is? :)

Blueberry Pound Cake

From: Betty Price

Serves: 12-14

Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines Butter cake mix

1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

3 eggs

1 stick butter or margarine, melted OR 1/2 cup canola oil

3 tbls. sugar

2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried right before using


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour tube or Bundt pan.

2. Using a hand-held mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well.

3. Add melted margarine or oil and sugar.

4. Add the dry cake mix and continue beating until well blended.

5. With spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Bake in 350-degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


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