Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blueberry Poppy Loaf

Have you ever come across an interesting recipe in a book that you have owned forever and wondered why you hadn’t noticed it before? Well that’s what happened with the Blueberry Poppy Loaf I came across while flipping through More of Canada’s Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. I can’t tell you why I had missed it all this time, especially since I leaf through this book often.
The interesting part of this recipe is that the bread’s only liquid is sour cream. I love sour cream and I love the flavour and richness it imparts in cakes, but making yeasted bread with it would be a first for me. It also had dried blueberries along with poppy seeds which sounded like a pretty good combination, and one you normally don’t see in bread.

I had seen dried blueberries in the bulk store and remembered that they were quite expensive but I only needed half a cup so really that couldn’t add up to much, right? Well I set off to the grocery store and headed straight to the bulk foods section and there in a bin were tiny little dark blue dried wild blueberries. The price was just over $4.00 for 100 grams so I scooped a little more than I needed and figured that amount would cost only a few dollars. I picked up some other things I needed and went to the check out. It wasn`t until I got to the car that I checked the bill to see just how much the blueberries had come to and it was a good thing I was seated in the car because had I been on a chair I probably would have fallen off of it. The dried blueberries cost $18.00! Even if I only used half the blueberries I bought that still would be a lot. Well I thought this better be really good bread for that price. I shudder to think what they would charge for this bread in a bakery. Anyway I was still looking forward to making this bread.

It was super simple to put together especially since I just had to throw all the ingredients into the bread machine pan and let it do all the mixing. The recipe called for ½ cup of poppy seeds but I thought that seemed like an awful lot so I just used ¼ cup. The dough mixed up quite nicely and I let it rise in the pan. When it was doubled I divided the dough in two portions and shaped them into batards. I allowed the shaped dough to rise again until doubled and then baked them in a preheated oven. As I’ve mentioned before I never bake bread in the bread machine.
The loaves baked up beautifully and I couldn’t wait to try this million dollar bread. When they were just cool enough I sliced into a loaf to try it out. It was excellent! The crust was tender crisp as you would expect with the high fat content of all the sour cream in the recipe – a full two cups.

I was glad I had cut the amount of poppy seeds in the recipes because there were plenty in the crumb and I honestly think the full amount would have been far too much. The blueberries were plump with an intense blueberry flavour. I thought the bread was delicious and that making it once in a while given the cost of the blueberries was a justifiable indulgence. I had it the next morning toasted with butter and it was a real treat. I’ll definitely make this bread again even if I have to mortgage the house.
Submitted to Yeastspotting.
Blueberry Poppy Loaf
Make 2 loaves
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp. lemon zest
1-1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 tsp. bread machine yeast
1/2 cup dried blueberries
Measure all ingredients expect dried blueberries into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Insert pan into the oven chamber. Select Sweet Cycle. Add dried blueberries at "add ingredient" signal.
Set the machine to dough cycle. When the cycle is complete allow the dough to rise until doubled.
Divide the dough into two pieces and shape each piece into a batard or free form loaf. Allow to rise until double and bake in a preheated 400 F. oven.
If you don't have a bread machine you can use a mixer.
Combine sour cream, lemon zest, salt, sugar and yeast. Add the flour and poppy seeds and mix using dough hook for about 5 minutes. Remove the dough from bowl and on a lightly floured roll out the dough and add the blueberries. Roll the dough up and knead for a few minutes to incorporate the blueberries. Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled. Divide the dough into two and shape into free form loaves. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled. Preheat oven 30 minutes before baking. Bake the loaves for about 30 to 40 minutes or until deep golden brown.


Melinda said...

I guess those dried blueberries were pricey! I don't think they are even that expensive here in England...and that's saying something!
The bread is a combination I haven't seen before but it does sound very good with sour cream, blueberries and poppy seeds.
The loaves look delightful! I might come back to this bread and make it in the fall time. Thanks for finding and sharing the recipe.

I bought 3 blueberry bushes last year. One of them is absolutely loaded with blueberries! And I am not a very good gardener either! The blueberry bushes are just in pots on the patio. If I can grow them...anyone can! You need to start growing your own blueberries, because the dried ones are way too dear!

doughadear said...

Hello Melinda
I thought you needed a lot of space to grow blueberries but if you have yours in pots then I might look into growing my own.

When I saw my receipt I thought they had made a mistake. I later bought a bag from Costco which was much cheaper but they were not as good.

I think you will like this bread if you make it.

hobby baker said...

That looks wonderful. I think your call on the poppy seeds was perfect, it looks like just the right amount. I bet this is great plain or toasted. Ooo, I'll wager it would make fabulous french toast. I think I'll have to try it. :)

doughadear said...

Hobby Baker,
Welcome to my blog and thank you for visiting!

I didn't think about making french toast with it, though I have made french toast with raisin bread which I love. I bet it would be quite nice and totally decadent with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Anonymous said...

Wow, great looking bread.

Sorry you got so ripped off on blueberries. Don't they grow all over canada?? Robbery, I tell ya!

Sandra said...

Blueberries and poppy seeds sound like a match made in heaven. Your loaves look marvelous, and I bet it's delicious toasted for breakfast.

doughadear said...

Yes, blueberries are grown here but even fresh, wild blueberries are very pricey. Farmed blueberries are much larger but the tiny wild blueberries really pack a punch flavour wise.

I toasted the bread for breakfast the next morning and it was very tasty.