Seriously.

How is summer here already?

Are the days flying by just as quickly for everyone else, or I am just getting that old?

Wait.  Maybe I don’t want you to answer that.

At any rate, one of my very favorite things about summer is eating piles and piles of fresh berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and yum–blackberries.  Not only do blackberries pack a powerful nutritional punch, they are also low in calories, carbohydrates, and fat, making them one of the most beneficial fruits to include in a balanced diet.

Of course, they’re probably not quite as healthy when you use them to make cornbread and then proceed to eat the entire pan.

But in my own defense, I really couldn’t help it–it was that good.  I was worried it might be a bit too sweet for my husband, but even he shoved it in his belly like there was no tomorrow.  And the best part?  This bread came together in less than 10 minutes–I spent more time eyeing the oven than I did mixing up the ingredients.

If you need an easy but impressive side dish for a pot-luck or summer picnic, this is it.  Ooooh, and with a side of honey butter, you’ll be the hit of the party.  Promise.

 

Blackberry Cornbread
 
from EveryDay with Rachel Ray, June 2012
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ cups blackberries
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and butter, then stir into the flour mixture.
  4. Spread batter into your prepared pan and scatter 1 cup of the blackberries on top. Press down lightly on the berries until they are mostly submerged.
  5. Scatter the remaining berries on top and dust with the remaining sugar.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bread is lightly golden around the edges and springy to the touch.

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos,  I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!