Since having an empty nest is becoming more the norm lately, the hubby and I decided to have friends over for Sunday dinner this past weekend. The menu was not a problem because we still enjoy our traditional Sunday dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli with cheese sauce. However, I don’t always serve dessert. I needed to find a good, but easy recipe using what I had on hand.
My thoughts turned to a cake, but I didn’t want something super sweet with icing. I found a pineapple upside-down cake recipe in my favorite Fannie Farmer cookbook, made a few changes since I was without pineapple, and ended up with this amazing dessert!
This recipe would also make up well as individual servings using a cupcake pan. After melting the butter and adding the brown sugar and juice, spoon a small amount into each cupcake space. Sprinkle with a few blueberries and spoon some batter over the berries to about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
12 tbsp. butter, divided
3/4 cup to 1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. orange juice (lemon juice might be great, too!)
about 1 c. blueberries
1/3 to 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. milk
1-1/2 c. flour (can use 3/4 c. almond flour with 3/4 c. all-purpose flour)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
Melt 4 tbsp butter in a 9 or 10-inch cake pan. (I would use the larger size, since mine over-flowed a little bit during the baking.) Stir in brown sugar and continue to stir over low heat until it dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the orange juice. Sprinkle blueberries and walnuts over the top and set aside.
Melt remaining 8 tbsp. butter in a small pan. Remove from the heat and stir in milk and egg, beating well. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar in bowl. Add milk-egg mixture and beat until smooth. Pour over blueberries and bake for about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cook in pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate, fruit side up. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!