Summer Baking

Generally in my family Winter is the season for cooking and baking. Large roasted turkey dinners, homemade cookies once a week, and skillet fudge, all things that appear in their kitchens during winter. Why only in winter? My Nanny says it best, "Because the oven heats up the whole house and it's already too hot." She's right too, a South Jersey Summer is hot and humid because we are right in the middle of the Atlantic and the bay... not to mention all of the marsh land as well. 

Now that part is explained. 

Also another thing that is generally considered in my family is that I tend to do things backwards or different. They say it's the artist in me. I tan when they burn, I don't like rain, and winter is not my favorite season, not even close... and among other things, to top it off I love too cook in the Spring and Summer! I love the warm weather and sunshine! It puts me in a good mood and when I'm in a good mood I bake. I guess that's what happens when your born smack dab in the middle of the afternoon in the heat of August.

This being said this past week I have been inspired to bake something new. I've posted my cakes on here before  but I wanted to do something different and from scratch. Happily, I was moseying around some of my favorite blogs and sites when I saw a link that led me to the amazing blog,

I was immediately mesmerized by this one recipe. The pictures made you just want to reach out and start eating. The recipe was well written and easy to follow and the ingredients were all lovely and uncomplicated. She even says in the post that it's Summery! I had found it! My challenge! I had never baked anything like this before, not even from a box let alone from scratch. Either way though I knew this was the recipe to try and I must say I am so glad I did.

The recipe I chose was for Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I followed the recipe and everything went together easily. I did have to look up how to zest a lemon and then in the failure to find my grater I broke out a sharp knife and got down to doing it the hard way...the Internet said I could, so did, cutting up all the little pieces of lemon skin into smaller teeny tiny pieces.

Another fun thing I found out while doing this recipe is that in order for to help the blueberries not stick together in the batter you have to toss them with flower. I'd never thought of that, but it worked and also looked pretty cool too.

And so I did it. I completed that challenge it was sitting on my stove top cooling and I couldn't wait to try it and see if it tasted as good as it looked. But ... I did wait because I wanted to share it with my Mama because she would not only tell me the truth of whether she liked it too but that I could surprise her with a tasty treat.

Needless to say we both liked it and I highly recommend this recipe. I can't wait to try out the many other recipe's from Alexandra's Kitchen that look just as delicious as this was.