Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Allie & her Blueberry Pound Cake

Whoops, I realised on Saturday last week that I had forgotten to publish the latest ‘Feature my Food Friday’ post. I quite like the fact it is not the end of the world if life takes over and I have forgotten to post it. I want blogging to be enjoyable so I tend not to give myself a schedule or stress over things that do not get done when I am planning to do them.

Today, let me introduce Allie, a mum-of-four with a love for cheese, thunder, kindness and good food (amongst other things!).

Tell us about you.

Allie: New England girl. Lover of one husband. Proud mama to four boys. I share what brings me joy and spins my world on my blog, ‘Through Her Looking Glass’. Passionate about sharing recipes,  I also publish inspirational musings on my blog, inspired by my life and precious family. My youngest son Hudson has Down’s syndrome and helps us all see life through a different lens.

Allie, 'Through Her Looking Glass'

Where do you find inspiration for your recipes?

Where don’t I? Ha. 🙂 The grocery store, cookbooks, a walk to the park, my childhood, a meal at a friend’s house, seasonal fruits and vegetables, my pantry and freezer.

Is there anything you would not touch even if you were given £1,000 to eat it?

Hands down, a cockroach.

Can you give us an anecdote about food?

Frogs’ legs taste like chicken. (That’s what they tell me anyway. I’ve never actually tried them.)

What is your favourite way to share your recipes?

At my dining room table with family and friends. After that, Pinterest.

What recipe did you choose to share today and why?

Blueberry Pound Cake. Because this is the most popular recipe on my blog and blueberries are plentiful and delicious in New Hampshire. Everyone worldwide should put eating one slice of this buttery blueberry pound cake on their bucket list.

Blueberry Pound Cake by Alllie at 'Through Her Looking Glass'

Could you share a couple of tips that make your life easier in the kitchen?

I love my garlic press and kitchen shears and use them both nearly every day.

1 thing no one should ever do in the kitchen:

Cry over spilled milk.

Thanks a lot for taking part in Feature my Food Friday, Allie. I feel so fortunate blogging is helping me connect with people all around the world. I could not agree more with you Allie: there is no way I would eat cockroaches either! I also love my garlic press and my three-year-old’s favourite treat is a punnet of blueberries. You have inspired me to try and develop a ‘Free From’ cake recipe that includes the small blue gems.

Fancy seeing your recipe on Feature my Food Friday? Whether you are a keen baker, a blogger or a reader who would like to see their creation online, I would love to feature you! Just email me and I will send you more details.

Here is Allie’s recipe:

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Blueberry Pound Cake by Allie

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries washed and drained
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sparkling sugar crystals
  • Optional: serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark xx (xx degrees Celsius / 325 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Toss washed, drained blueberries with ¼ cup flour. Set aside.
  3. Sift remaining flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  7. Fold dry ingredients into batter until well blended.
  8. Gently stir in berries.
  9. Pour into a greased and floured loaf tin.
  10. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sparkling sugar crystals on top.
  11. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tests done.
  12. Cool cake in tube pan for 10 minutes and carefully turn out onto rack to cool.
  13. Tip
  14. If using frozen blueberries, make sure they are completely thawed and drained first.
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Comments

  1. 02/11/2015 / 1:04 pm

    I love the look of Allie’s Blueberry Pound Cake. Thanks Mel for introducing us to another great blog. 🙂

    • 02/11/2015 / 1:38 pm

      My pleasure sweetie. I’m dying for cake right now, but we just got back from Inverness and the fridge is empty!

  2. 02/11/2015 / 1:42 pm

    Dear ladies, Such a wonderful feature and dessert. I love Allie’s site…this was such a fun interview! xo, Catherine

    • 03/11/2015 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks Catherine. I can’t wait to try Allie’s recipe.

  3. 02/11/2015 / 1:44 pm

    Oh yum! This pound cake looks amazing and looking at it is making me want a slice more and more.

    • 03/11/2015 / 11:28 pm

      Me too!

  4. Through Her Looking Glass
    02/11/2015 / 2:12 pm

    Dear Mel, Love your blog! Thanks so much for the feature, even more for being a connector for people and blogs from around the world! Love what you’re doing here and look forward to having you guest post on my blog soon. XO

    • 03/11/2015 / 10:27 pm

      It would be a pleasure my lovely! I’m really loving this little series and getting to know a range of blogs from all around the world. x

  5. 02/11/2015 / 3:35 pm

    Haha – such a fun Q&A – I had a chuckle at the $1000 question – though I wonder if those ones covered in chocolate would be appealing to either of y’all? I love Allie’s blog and her blueberry poundcake and so glad to have met you here, Mel.

    • 03/11/2015 / 11:28 pm

      Pretty much every week people mention insects as things they wouldn’t eat, he he!

  6. 02/11/2015 / 7:49 pm

    This looks wonderful! We enjoy blueberries at our house and this pound cake would be enjoyed!

    • 03/11/2015 / 11:27 pm

      Same here. It will definitely be a hit with the kids!

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    08/11/2015 / 9:43 am

    Sounds totally indulgent-and will try sometime xx

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