Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hidden Treasure: Cornmeal-Oatmeal Blueberry Bread

I love surprises! Surprise birthday parties, a surprise visit from a dear friend, a surprising and exciting result in the lab: surprises are the exclamation points in otherwise mundane day-to-day life.

Cookbooks, of course, are chockful of surprises. Every recipe is potentially a surprise. And in a cookbook like Passionate Vegetarian, which contains literally over a thousand recipes, there are bound to be lots of surprises. The Cornmeal-Oatmeal Blueberry Bread is more like a hidden treasure. This fabulous recipe is tucked not in the dessert chapter but rather in the grains chapter, right next to the recipes for savory cornbreads. This particular bread, though, is sweet and so it makes a great midafternoon snack. It has a wonderful texture: firm and a bit nubbly from the cornmeal, oatmeal, and walnuts. Don't leave out the walnuts! The flavor combination of blueberries and lemon is fantastic and really makes this bread worth making over and over again. Crescent suggests saving this bread for fresh blueberry season, and I am inclined to agree with her. The size and flavor of fresh blueberries works really well in this recipe, and I don't want to tinker with it. It's perfect just the way it is.

I discovered that this recipe has been posted online, so I'll provide the link here.

What are you waiting for? Get baking!

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