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Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread



One of my great loves is cornbread or corn muffins.  There is something about their rustic qualities that really speaks to my heart and gets my tastebuds tingling.  

This Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread is one of my favourite ways to enjoy cornbread. It has all of the elements of a regular corn bread which I enjoy, but it has been amped up to a degree that will have everyone smacking their lips in anticipation!


I have enjoyed a life long love affair with cornbread. It wasn't something I actually grew up with in my family home, but something which I got to enjoy elsewhere.  

My first Mother In Law used to make a Corncake, which was a simple Cornbread. You can find the recipe for that here.  Mother In Law's Corncake

Another favourite of mine is a Custard Filled Cornbread Recipe, which you can find here. This version actually had niblets of real corn in it and a creamy centre, which is really quite appealing, especially served warm with Maple Syrup.

Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread

One of the reasons I love this Blueberry and Vanilla Breakfast Cornbread as much as I do is the abundance of fresh berries that are used. 

I use blueberries, but you can also use cranberries, or raspberries if you wish.  Blackberries would also be nice.  Blueberries are perfect for this time of year however.  Back home they are picking wild blueberries by the bucketload.

Oh how I miss the flavour of Nova Scotia Wild Blueberries. Their flavour cannot be beaten!



I like to bake this cornbread in a ceramic or square glass baking dish. This helps to hold in the warmth while you are waiting for everyone to come downstairs to the breakfast table.

The square dish also makes it very easy to cut into squares. You can also bake it in an 8 inch round cake tin if you want to. You can then cut it into wedges, like a cake or a pie. Also very attractive.



I think it is quite beautiful cut into squares and served warm.  We like it spread with softened butter  and drizzled with liquid honey.  Especially pure clover honey.

 Oh  my   but what a breakfast for the Gods this is. We just cannot get enough of it. We can easily make big pigs of ourselves when we are eating this.


The butter melts down into that moist and delicious cornbread.  I love the texture of cornbread.  Its almost cake like with a bit of a bite from the cornmeal that is quite appealing.

Its a tiny bit crunchy, but not obnoxiously so.  Its quite pleasant.


Look at that drizzle of honey, sweet and lush, mingling with the butter and melting into that beautiful cornbread.

The honey . . .  sweet and lush  . . . the melting butter lightly salty  . . . and again, soaking into that dense yet light vanilla corn bread.

Pure Heavenly bliss.


It could be really hard to restrain yourself when faced with something like this.  It could easily make a big pig of yourself. 

Especially when you spy all of those beautiful sweet berries studded here and there throughout. Like tasty little jewels waiting to pop into your mouth.



When I lived in Canada, we often used to cross the border into the US.  I loved grocery shopping stateside.  I would always pick up Thomas's Toaster Corn Cakes. 

They were so good and so convenient. Ready to pop into the toaster for a quick and easy breakfast and quite delicious!


I did make my own version in the past.  You can find my recipe for Cranberry and Corn Toaster Cakes here. 

They are really quite amazing if I don't say so myself. Beautifully textured and studded with tart cranberries.


This fabulous Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread blows them out of the ballpark however.  Seriously. 

I am now tempted to try the toaster cakes, replacing the cranberries with blueberries. What do you think? Should I go for it?



I just might do that.  This Blueberry and Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread makes for a great weekend breakfast, or a brunch dish.

Actually,  I think it is pretty great anytime.  I hope I have inspired you to want to give it a go! You've got nothing to lose here and everything to gain (and I'm not talking about hips here, although they most certainly could be in some danger!)

Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread

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Blueberry & Vanilla Breakfast Corn Bread
Yield: Makes on 8-inch square bread
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 50 M
Sweet and moist and stuffed with blueberries.  Wonderful served warm with butter and honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (170g) cornmeal (coarse polenta)
  • 1 cup (140g) unbleached all purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 3/4 cup (95g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (295ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 TBS vanilla paste (alternately use 1 TBS Vanilla extract)
  • 6 TBS butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups (250g) blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 165*C/325*F. gas  mark 3. (If using a regular pan 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.) Butter an 8-inch square pyrex baking dish and line with baking paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, soda, and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Beat together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.  Pour in the wet and mix just to combine.  Fold in the berries and pour into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until well risen, golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Leave to sit in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting into squared to serve.
  6. This is delicious served warm with softened butter and liquid honey!
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  1. Mmmm,some of my favorite breakfast flavors in a delightful bite. Saved.

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