blueberry sourdough bread

Blueberry Sourdough Breakfast Bread Recipe

1 cup sourdough starter
1/4 cup shortening — softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries

— TOPPING:

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter — softened

1. Bring the starter to room tempterature in a large bowl. In another bowl, cream the shortening and sugar together and then beat in the egg and milk. Turn this mixture into the bowl with the sourdough starter and sift in the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix very well. Gently fold in the blueberries. If they are canned be sure to drain them thoroughly before using.

2. Pour the batter into a well greased 8-inch square pan and allow to stand in a warm place for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the topping.

FOR TOPPING:

Stir topping ingredients together with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the topping over the bread batter just before baking in a preheated 375°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Do not underbake as this is a moist bread. It will pull away from the sides of the pan when done, although some of the sugar topping may cling to the sides.

Gentle readers, this is the tastiest thing I have made in forever. I encourage you to try it at home. Though I wonder where people get sourdough starter-my friend gave me some….

In other news, I have lately been getting more into the world of herbalism and things like that. Many people are really resistant to it, which I think just means they think of it as a something else that will make them feel guilty about smoking or consuming caffeine. I tend to be unapologetic about these things, because I have a big fat attitude about diets and cleanses and other body paranoia bullshit like that, but I am going on a liver cleanse. It’s not that big of a deal-I’m brewing tea as per the instructions of a girl I know from high school/herb shop employee and drinking that and taking supplements for two weeks. Apparently I will shit really weird things.

This is not because I ever went through a phase of binge drinking, or anything like that, but I go to acupuncture every so often, and it is frequently when I am sad and stressed out and getting headaches from my tense neck and from staring at the computer screen. The acupuncturist consistently sticks needles all over me, and the one I had been going to for awhile was giving me Chinese herbs for awhile to clean out my liver. Apparently cleaning out your liver helps you process your emotions and stress better. This sounds favorable from an objective physical standpoint; I also recently broke up with somebody who I liked a whole lot, in ways that were respectful and kind and for our mutual greatest happiness, regardless this is part of my current self-care plan with the intention of addressing my life in a global rather than just immediate sort of way.

And now I am going to watch “Cutting Edge” because my housemate insists it is “a romantic comedy about figure-skating.”

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