Florida Blueberry Bread

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We can’t get enough of Florida blueberries, and Florida blueberry bread is a delicious way to enjoy the bounty and share with family. Chef Marianne Hunnel uses this recipe as a base for other fruit breads too, but when Florida blueberries are in season blueberry bread is the way to go. For extra tips from Chef Marianne, watch her video on Facebook or Instagram. Other recipes from local chefs are available via our series What Chefs Actually Cook at Home.

Makes one loaf

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup butter (room temperature)

2/3 cup sugar

2 large eggs (slightly beaten together)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups fresh Florida blueberries (slightly mashed with a fork)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a hand or stand mixer at medium speed. Add flour mixture a bit at a time and mix to combine. When mixture is well blended together, add beaten eggs and vanilla. Do not over mix.

Use a spatula to make sure all ingredients are well combined. Mixture will be a bit dense.  Slowly fold in the slightly mashed blueberries and pour mixture into greased and floured pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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