The summer I turned sixteen, I was a mother’s helper on Nantucket. The family I was babysitting for had deep roots on the island that went back several generations, and they loved to cook and eat.
I used to take the station wagon packed with beach gear and kids from the house on Fair Street across the island to the grandparent’s beach house at Wauwinet. I would bring lunch for the kids, and we would spend the day on the beach, collecting shells and playing in the tide pools. When it was time for lunch, we would go up to the house, rinse our sandy feet off with the hose, and sit on the screened porch overlooking the dunes while eating.
One day I opened the refrigerator to get lunch, and there was a half-eaten blueberry dessert with a note that said, “Kristen, please help yourself and share with the kids.” I cut a slice, took a bite, and swooned.
This is the simple recipe from that summer. Sometimes I make it with blueberries and peaches or top it with fresh raspberries instead of blueberries. It is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, in fact, its quite delightful in the morning with a cup of coffee.
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Blueberry Kuchen Recipe
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 1 stick softened lightly salted butterÂ
- 3 cups fresh blueberries well rinsed
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Confectionary sugar for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a food processor, combine 1 cup of flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar and softened butter. Pulse until mixture is coarsely combined. Add 1 Tbsp. vinegar and continue to pulse until dough forms a ball.
- Using your fingers, press the dough into the bottom of a 9" springform or tart pan with removable bottom. Press dough gently 1" up the sides of the pan.
- Combine 2 cups of blueberries in a bowl with 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. Flour and ground cinnamon. Combine well and pour berries and sugar-flour mixture into prepared crust.
- Bake in center of preheated 400-degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until berries are bubbly and crust is golden.
- Remove from oven, top with remaining berries and sprinkle with confectionary sugar.
Serve as is or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.