Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Buckle rerun...and a cover reveal!

Everyone who hates summer colds, raise your hands!

Mine is way up there. This one has lasted for a solid week. No cooking. Definitely no cooking. I won't go into the details...but it was a bummer week. 

So I'm posting a rerun recipe for you, inspired by The Fresh Pioneer's weekend blueberry picking pictures.

But before the recipe, I have to share this beautiful cover. In the midst of my sinus headache suffering, I received this beautiful picture from Revell - the cover for my March 2016 release.

Seeing this in my inbox made my day! I love this story, and I'm so thankful that I'll be able to share it with all of you in the spring. Here's a little bit about it:

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful—yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.
When two young men seek her hand in marriage—one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God’s call west—Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

I'll be sure to let you know when it's available!

And now to the recipe. I first shared this in the summer of 2013, and I love this buckle better than ever. The original recipe is from Leduc's Blueberries in Paw Paw, Michigan.

Blueberry Buckle

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream 1/4 cup butter with 3/4 cup sugar, then add the egg and beat well.

In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cup flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with 1/2 cup milk, beating until smooth.

Fold in blueberries, and pour into a greased 9-inch square pan.

For the topping, combine the ingredients and blend well to form crumbs, and then sprinkle the topping over the batter.

Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

The buckle came out of the oven at 6:00 Sunday evening - just in time to take it to share at our Sunday evening service.

Oh yes, it was delicious.

And those who walked in at the last minute? Well, they shared the crumbs with me :)

This is a quick and easy recipe. Do you know what really makes it, though? That bit of cinnamon in the topping. Mmmm.....

Enjoy your week, everyone! But while you're still here, what's your go-to cure for the summer cold?


  1. Jan that blueberry buckle is making me hungry. Yum. We get lots of blueberries here so I will definitely try it. Hubby will be very happy.

    Hope your cold gets better. Bummer to have one. Praying. smile

    Love the cover of your book. So happy for you. smile

    1. Sandra, I'm tempted to make this for breakfast this morning!

      And thank you, my cold is MUCH better this morning. :)

      (I'm still swooning over the cover!)

  2. Sorry you are suffering with a summer cold. It's just wrong to get a cold in the summer! Get lots of rest -- snoozing in sunpatches with furbuddies is always good. Hope you feel better soon.

    Cinnamon isn't something I think about when baking with blueberries. Must try this...soon.

    AND NOW OR THE IMPORTANT STUFF!!!! WOOHOOO!!!! What an awesome cover and the story sounds fantabulous. Can not wait!!!!

    1. The cold is much better today. Lower humidity and temperatures certainly help!

      And yes, I love this cover! I'm so thrilled this story is being published :)

  3. Jan, I'm late coming by but I want you to know I tried that recipe two years ago and loved it! Now with blueberry season upon us, I'm ready to do it again!

    AND THAT COVER!!!! AYA CARAMBA, MY FRIEND! It is so very beautiful but even more than that, the story line is compelling. I can't wait to read it!

    We will both have single titles out next spring. That's so cool! I can't think of a more wonderful person to rub shoulders with, Drex!!!!

    1. I love being release buddies with you, Ruthy! Looking forward to next spring :)

  4. YUM!! I wonder if I have enough blueberries in there to make this tonight??! I'll be checking. :)

    I hope you feel better, Jan! I love the new cover. Love the story blurb too!

    1. I have blueberries waiting in my freezer to use in this recipe!

      Thanks for the well wishes, Missy.

  5. Double torture, Jan. We have to wait on the book AND my oven is broken so I can't bake.

    But two things to look forward to.

    I love the cover. Thanks for letting us see it.

    1. Your oven is broken? Oh, the agony. I can't live for very long without an oven - although it's much easier in the summer than in the winter!

  6. Oh, yum! I have fresh blueberries. Bookmarking this! :)

    1. You won't be sorry when you try this recipe, Pam!

  7. WOW. this cover is GORGEOUS! I don't think I've ever read an Amish book but this definitely makes me want to try them. Congratulations! And perfect recipe for all our berries.