Blueberry Preserves & Cupcakes

Two recipes in one post. Blueberry extravangaza.

Ever since my first jar of Bonne Maman Blueberry Preserves, I have wanted to make my own. That magical little jar with the check top is so fresh & tasty, like it came straight from the farm. So when blueberries went on sale, I knew it was time to venture into preserve making. 

Only blueberries and sugar, and you can even add less sugar if you want because blueberries are sweet all by themselves. 

Hey its me! I made the bread too, it was sometype of molasses oatmeal bread or something. It was not my favorite ever, a bit too dry, so not worth giving you the recipe. I think the bread machine recipes are all a bit wonky because most that I have tried all come out too dry. I'll have to research some good recipes and let you in on the secret. 

The tray I made too, not the cutest thing ever with the two big boards at the bottom for bracing it, but good for a quick project. Just cut two pieces of wood, the same size obviously, to however large you want it, nail them to two pieces at the bottom then add some door handles on the sides or top. I have plans to make a proper serving tray, maybe painted and everything, once I can find some wood I think would be perfect. But I also want to make a table and a little shelf, but all in time, I always have so many things I want to make.

The cake on this is really soft and try to bake it until it is just set, not browned around the edges at all. When I found this recipe I thought, gosh the blueberries are just going to sink to the bottom of the cup like they did in my muffins. The recipe said to freeze the fresh berries but I still doubted that it would actually work. But alas it worked really amazing and now it's not just blueberry bottom cupcakes, the are scattered throughout the cupcake and even some still stayed at the top of the cake, so nice! It didn't affect the taste at all either, it still tastes like a fresh blueberry cupcake and not like when you use frozen ones it of the bag that get all mushy and dye the whole cupcake purply. 

Try to get out just the juicy parts of the preserves, putting the whole or crushed berries on top of the cupcakes looks too lumpy. 

Is there anyone in San Francisco that knows of a good... cheap..., place to get 120 film developed? When I lived in Sacramento I could get it done for 4$ a roll and could pick it up in less than an hour. I haven't seem to have found anyplace in the city, everyone I have looked up online wants about 8$ or more a roll and take pays to get developed. Let me in on your secret spots so I can keep using my old Kiev. I miss the big square negative. In school I used that camera a lot and one of my teachers said she was surprised I liked it so much because the square was so hard for her to compose in. I think it is so much easier than a rectangle! Whenever I do a vertical it just looks so long or the rectangle just seems so have extra bits on the side that aren't necessary. I would love to shoot with the mamiya 645afd, which I would check out at the beginning of the school year and hoard until I was forced to give of back. If you have the money and love film that was one ofthe best cameras I have ever shot with. It is big, clunky and heavy but so entirely worth it. I could somehow handle light with that camera that I jut can't do with digital. Even shooting worst, no brand, high saturation film I had, the photos would come out amazing. I always seriously consider saving up for that camera rather than a 5D, even though it is so much less practical, professionally speaking. And that would mean saving up for digital back for it which seems like 10 grand that would never happen for me. I can still dream.

Now back to a cupcake work week, which I am actually looking forward to. After a drama relationship ending weekend, which has left me broken, I'm need to get back to baking so I can put my mind on something.

Have a good week everyone!

blueberry cupcakes

cake

3 1/4 cups (406g) flour
1 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 baking soda
6 tbsp (84g) butter, melted
1/4 cup (59ml) canola oil
2 eggs
1 cup (236ml) buttermilk
1 cup (236ml) milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups fresh blueberries, 
frozen

frosting

1 1/2 sticks (171g) butter, softened
1/3 cup (113g) honey
4-5 cups (500-625g) powdered sugar
Dash of milk

1 jar of blueberry preserves

Oven 300. Line two, 12 count, muffin tins 
with liners. Sift together flour, sugar, 
baking powder, salt and baking soda. In 
a separate bowl, whisk butter and oil.
Add in eggs then buttermilk, milk vanilla 
and almond extracts.. Mix into flour 
mixture, stirring until just combined. Add 
in blueberries. Divide evenly amoung pans
and bake for 15-20 minutes until toothpick 
comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients in a food 
pro and pulse until combined. 

Frost cooled cupcakes and drizzle 
with preserves.

* Freezing the fresh blueberries helps them 
not sink to the bottom of the cupcakes.


blueberry preserves

6 cups blueberries
3 cups (600g) sugar

Place sugar in a large pot then 
add in the blueberries, crushing 
about half of them with your hands. 
Cook over medium heat for 30 
minutes. Put into sterilized jars and 
seal tightly. Place jars in a pot and 
cover with water. Let boil on stovetop 
for 10 minutes, then take out jars and 
let completely cool. Keep open jars in 
refrigerator and sealed jars in a cool, 
dark place.

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