Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hot Tea Month: January





Hot tea month is any month of the year, as far as I'm concerned. But someone, somewhere decided that January is officially hot tea month. It is a good month for sitting down with a cup of tea. A little cake alongside never hurt. And some good books to peruse while sipping. 

I used some of the blueberries I froze last summer for this oh, so tender and not-too-sweet Lemon Blueberry Cake, and glazed it with a lemon and icing sugar mixture. Scrumptious!

Lemon Blueberry Coffeecake

1 1/2 cups flour (the recipe suggested all-purpose, I used 100% whole wheat)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups blueberries

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, (can use mixer, but I did it by hand), cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Stir in yogurt and lemon zest. 

Stir in dry ingredients just until mostly mixed.

Gently stir in blueberries (I used frozen berries and mixed them in frozen - they are less likely to turn the batter blue that way.)

Lightly grease an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan. Scrape the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched in centre.

Cool for 5 minutes, then turn out of pan onto a serving plate. Drizzle with lemon glaze (1 cup icing sugar stirred with lemon juice until of desired consistency).

 Enjoy the last days of January!


Linking to Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House.

15 comments:

Dawna said...

mmm tea and coffeecake sounds delicious! It is another wintery day here in Alberta which makes your recipe sound even better.....looking forward to preparing some good things in my new kitchen. How are things coming with your renos? We are making slow progress.

Stay warm!

Sheila said...

This looks like a delicious recipe Lorrie. I love a cup of tea on a winter's day. Keep warm!

Pamela said...

Oh wow...that looks delicious. Now I wish I would have gotten the blueberries on sale at Target.

On your header (which I love) are the french knots made while you are doing the blanket stitch? I've never seen that before but it looks awesome.

colorchic said...

It all looks delicious! How did you make your mosaic? I love it!

Pondside said...

Your header, title, recipe and photos all conspired to make my heart sing and my mouth water!

A Garden of Threads said...

I agree any month can be hot tea month. Neat selection of reading material and a piece of cake is just perfect with tea and reading.

Carole said...

Mmmm, hot tea, coffeecake and a good book! Blogging for Bliss is such a nice change from the textbook blogging books. Have a great day.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Blueberries and anything make a wonderful combination. Looks delicious.

Andi's English Attic said...

Morning routine - Kids up and breakfasted, school run, husband to the station and then I'm back home to a quiet, calm house and a big mug of tea. Ahhhhhh! :) xx

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

The cake sounds yummy...with tea or with coffee! Is February coffee month?

Miss Debbie said...

I have blueberries in the freezer...might have to try this!!

Maggie said...

One of my favourite times of the day is afternoon teatime, with cake!
This cake looks scrummy, I'll take a nice big slice, please.

ostranderblog said...

I love this Mosaic, the shadows across the plate casted from the tea cup. The crumbly cake looks so yummy too! Wish I wasn't trying to burn off the holiday muffin top ;) Love the mosaic, and thanks for stopping by mine. I agree with it being just the two of us, this one week of cooking might actually go a few more days!! I still cook like I have a teenager with her girlfriends eating all the left overs.

Vee said...

Yes, February is turning out to be a very good month for tea as well. I just finished some and I even spent some time reading today. It's been so quiet with the snow falling. I'm snagging your recipe as it looks healthful as well as delicious!

Barbara said...

Lemon Blueberry Coffee cake - yummy.