blueberry orange bread

dessert breads are my new favorite thing. i actually made this a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to posting about it. bad blogger – i know. anyways, this has been my best dessert bread to date. the orange juice makes the top and edges really crusty and delicious!

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ingredients

1 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest (outer skin of orange)
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, well beaten
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 naval oranges)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

directions

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

in a small bowl, combine the beaten egg with the orange juice and vanilla extract.

in a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. cut the butter into small pieces and blend it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. the mixture should look like coarse crumbs. fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. stir in the blueberries. pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. r

remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before serving.