Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Saturday 2 August 2014

 Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Blueberries were very hard to come by for the first several years I lived here in the UK.     

I m happy to say that in the intervening years they have become readily available, and actually quite affordable.   We can buy them in all of the grocery stores now, even the budget shops.

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

My husband and I also grow our own as well now. This means I have lots to use in a variety of ways.

Being high bush ones, they are not quite as flavorsome as the wild ones from back home, but they are still pretty good!


Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

We had the missionary elders for tea last night and so I baked them a little taste of home in the way of this fabulous Blueberry Coffee Cake.   

The British idea of a coffee cake is a cake which is highly flavored with Coffee, as in a Coffee and Walnut Cake.  This is NOT one of those . . .

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Instead this is a coffee cake in the North America sense, which merely means that it is a lovely moist cake, sometimes with a crumble topping, perfect for enjoying with a hot or cold drink.   

A cake that is perfect for brunches . . .  and yes, also great dessert when served warm and topped with ice cream or cream.

 Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

This is exactly that kind of cake . . .  with a moist and tender cake batter. 

It is flavored and moistened by the use of lemon yogurt . . .  with the fruity topping of a generous amount of fresh blueberries . . .  and a moreish buttery crunch of cinnamon flavoured brown sugar streusel on top.  

Delicious.  Simple.  Quick to make.  

You can substitute butter for the vegetable shortening if you wish.

  Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

*Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake*
Makes one 9 inch square cake
Printable Recipe

This cake has no coffee in it.  It is merely a moist cake, chock full of berries and topped with a cinnamony streusel topping, perfect for coffee break or elevensies with a hot drink.

for the cake:
110g of white vegetable fat (TREX or Crisco, 1/2 cup)
145g of white sugar (/3/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
280g plain flour (2 cups all purpose)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
60ml of milk (1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla
55g of lemon yogurt (1/4 cup)
400g punnet of fresh blueberries (about 2 cups)
For the streusel:
200g soft light brown sugar (1 cup, loosely packed)
105g of plain flour (3/4 cup all purpose)
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
75g of softened butter (1/3 cup)

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch square baking tin.  Line with baking paper.   Set aside.  (I like to leave enough overhang so I can lift it out when it is done.)

Cream the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.   Beat in the egg and vanilla.   Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together the milk and yogurt.   Add the flour to the creamed mixture, alternating with the wet ingredients, until combined and equally moist.  Spread in the prepared baking tin.   Cover with the blueberries.  To make the streusel, mix all of the streusel ingredients together in a bowl, rubbing them together with the finger tips until crumbly.  Sprinkle over top of the berries.

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan until just warm.  Lift out and cut into squares to serve.

Note - Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream is awfully good on this.  Just saying is all. 

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  1. How lovely cake Marie ! I love blueberries!
    And how lucky are the missionaries:))
    Have a nice weekend with Todd Marie:)

  2. I think I could happily spend the summer making a different fruit streusel cake every week, this one looks so enticing!

  3. Thanks Gloria! YOu have a great weekend too. I knew you would like this because you share my love of blueberries! xxoo

    Thanks Sue! It is very enticing indeed! xxoo

  4. That streusel cake brings back happy memories from my childhood. My maternal grandmother was a genius in the baking department an we would always have blueberry streusel or apple streusel cake for Sunday afternoon, served with freshly brewed coffee for adults and her home made cordials for us children. I miss those utterly brilliant Sunday afternoons where her coffee and the cake smells would fill the whole house.

  5. Ah! I'm so lost! Our house is being underpinned and we are staying with assorted kind friends and relations, most of whom have much grander kitchens than I but I don't feel free to bake etc. I am listing your recipes that I most want to try when we get home (another 5 or 6 WEEKS!). This one has gone to the top of the the yum-can't-live-without-trying-this list.
    Jenni x

  6. SArina, I am loving your childhood memory! How wonderful! You will have to bake this cake to relive them in real time! xx

    Oh Jenann! I can so empathise! When we had our bathroom redone a year or so ago, the whole house was in tumult for about 2 months! I hope you enjoy this cake when you finally get to bake it! xx

  7. looks wonderful as are all your cake recipes etc..I remember the bathroom remodel:)

  8. I'm a blueberry fan, too, and look for local blueberries at this time of year. That cake wouldn't last two days in this house. Wishes for a great weekend!

  9. It didn't last very long here either Carol! Thank goodness we had the missionaries to help us polish it off! Dangerous stuff! YOu have a great weekend too! xx

  10. OH thankyou MOnique! You are so kind to say so! You are the best cake baker I know! Everything you make is so beautiful! xx

  11. Very glad to find this recipe as we have lots of blueberries waiting to be used. Thanks to our bushes.

  12. I love a good streusel coffee cake with crumbs! :-)

  13. Just perfect timing TeaLady! xx

    Me too Valerie! The crumbs are almost the best part! xxoo

  14. Just picked yesterday from my 'secret' patch in a clearing behind the house. They wanted $5 for a wee pint at the market in Moncton. Made blueberry grunt and now I'll have to find more for this! I make a blueberry coffee cake but the addition of lemon yoghurt is intriguing! Thanks!

  15. Linda, I miss the wild berries from back home. YOU need to find a really good patch with oodles of berries. They are out there! Unfotunately so are the bears! lol


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