Baking With Blueberries
Having recently made blueberry muffins, I was tempted to try blueberry cookies. Not as popular seemingly as the muffins of as chocolate chip cookies. Indeed this is just an adapted Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. And it is a really good recipe. Like with muffins the berries kind of burst and spread a little.
These blueberry cookies are not too sweet and quite soft – not very biscuity but a rough texture and very delicious! I don’t like the really sugary cookies, like some of the commercially made ones. If you cook these a little longer they will be a little more crumbly. They are an excellent teatime treat or a lovely extra in your lunch box
This blueberry cookie recipe makes about nine cookies. They are soft, delicious and lovely for a lunch box treat and delicious with a cup of tea or coffee
The Blueberry Fruit
Blueberrys is one of the few fruits that I buy out of season and that is shipped from abroad (the others are bananas and satsumas). Although UK blueberry production is apparantly on the increase, still much of it comes from abroad. Blueberries it seems have a long shelf life and are easily shipped from the country of origin,(and not flown) often from Chile.
Apparntly in the last couple of years blueberries have become more popular than raspberries.
In fact some articles seem to suggest they are displacing them. I hope not. I don’t really see them as either or. In fact they are lovely eaten together with yoghurt!
When our native raspberries and strawberries are in season I eat an abundance of them. In fact beacuase of thier health goving properties, maybe we should be eating moany more berries of all types. Certainly articles such as this one from the Telegrapgh suggest we should.
British blueberries are available from June to September. For more information as to where the blueberries come from see this table.
If you like your blueberries from the UK and pesticide free – and you live in Devon – then the Blueberry brothers could be of interest. They also make blueberry beer, chocolates and blueberry muffins.
Blueberry Cookies – A Real Treat
Having said all that, I don’t think we can claim that blueberry cookies are all that health giving. It is just good to have a bit of goodness in a cookie. I also checked up to see if a cooked blue berry is just as good for you as a raw one and the good news is that, although there is some alteration in the composition they are just as good for you
Easy, Low Cost Cookie Recipe
Cookies are very easy to make. They cost between £1 and £1.50 in supermarkets so I thought I would work out the cost of making your own
This recipe makes 9-10 cookies so the equivalent of 2 packets at £2-£3 and costs about £1.25 for 9 and that is when made with organic flour. No horrible additives either! And you can probably do it for a little less if you use non organic flour.
It will also depend on the price you buy your blueberries too.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 75g / 2.5oz butter or margarine
- 75g / 2.5oz soft brown sugar
- 150g / 5oz plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 free range egg, beaten
- About 15 blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Line a baking tin with baking parchment, or grease with butter or margarine
- Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together
- Add bicarbonate of soda to the flour
- Add the egg, flour and bicarbonate of soda together and mix altogether ( ifound it easier to use my hands to form into a dough when almost finished
- Cut the blue berries in half with a sharp knife
- Gently knead the blueberries into the mix, trying to get an even distribution
- Using a dessert spoon, Place in blobs on the baking tray and flaten slightly
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until just going brown
- Remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes
- Transfer to a wire cooling tray
- Will keep if stored in an airtight container for a few days
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