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it's getting hot in here....

Around our house we like to respond to a heat wave by cranking up the oven for a marathon baking sesssion. Why? Well, as the man loved hitting himself in the head with a hammer once said, "Because it feels so good when I stop!"

So upon my arrival home last night, I made a big yummy meat lasagna that K. was craving. And since the oven was already hot and we had fresh blueberries, I decided to try a recipe I saw on America's Test Kitchen for Blueberry Boy Bait, sort of a blueberry coffee cake that according to legend was invented by a cabal of dateless teenage girls in the 1950s. It was very tasty and P.S. I got myself a hunky date to the prom!

Blueberry Boy Bait

If using frozen blueberries, do not let them thaw, as they will turn the batter a blue-green color.

Serves 12

2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon table salt

16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen, (see note above)

1/2 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen (see note above)

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
2. Whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss blueberries with remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.
3. For the topping: Scatter blue-berries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl and sprinkle over batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

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