Aunt Nettie’s Blueberry Bread
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 t freshly grated lemon zest
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
• 3 cups fresh blueberries (15 ounces)
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Blend
1 1/2 sticks butter into flour with fingertips or a pastry blender just until mixture resembles coarse meal the size of corn kernels.
Quicker than you can say "downsized, unemployed, and divorced," Ally Cervantes finds herself with the Pacific Ocean in her rearview mirror as she and her two children head to Lake Surrender in rural Northern Michigan to live with her aunt. The dry hills of California are a metaphor for her empty soul, but she can't afford to wallow in self-pity with an autistic son who can't make eye contact and a precocious twelve-year-old daughter counting on her to get it together.
With no other available jobs, Ally steps through the only open door for employment, working as head cook at a dilapidated Christian camp. Problem is, she doesn't cook and doesn't like religious fanatics.
But despite everything, she finds herself strangely hopeful as she learns her journey ends where the lake begins. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Main Street books in Davidson, N.C.
Thanks for joining us here on the Stitches blog, Carol! I (Jennifer Fromke) am a native Michigander and blueberries definitely played a major role in my summers up there. I can't wait to try this recipe! Does anyone remember the children's book, Blueberries for Sal? Classic! I hope everyone has a chance to check out Carol Stratton's recent debut novel, Lake Surrender.
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