Blueberries are one of America's best-loved berries and a favorite for everything from muffins, breads, and cakes to ice cream, yogurt, and dessert sauces. Because blueberries are grown in all kinds of climates—from Canada to South America—fresh blueberries are available in stores year-round.
If you can't find fresh blueberries, then frozen blueberries are an excellent substitute. Frozen berries are quite wet when thawed and if used right out of the bag, they will tint everything an unattractive blue-gray. To keep tinting to a minimum, there are a few tricks to using frozen blueberries in baked goods. First, put them in a colander and run cold water over them until the water is light blue, or nearly clear. Dump the berries onto a few layers of paper towels and gently pat with more paper towels to dry them as much as possible. If you are folding blueberries into a batter, toss them with flour. Another option is to leave the berries completely frozen right up until you're ready to add them, then toss them in flour and blend them in quickly.
Whether you are using fresh-picked wild blueberries, store-bought cultivated varieties, or frozen, you're sure to enjoy them in anything you make. Here are some excellent recipes to choose from.
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Bake this moist, crumb-topped blueberry buckle and be prepared to take a bow. It is that good.
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Blueberry Custard Pie With Streusel Topping
This fresh blueberry custard pie makes a great dessert for any occasion. If blueberries don't happen to be in season, use frozen blueberries in the pie. The sour cream custard filling and crumb topping make this pie extra-special.
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Fresh Blueberry Lemonade
Use fresh or frozen thawed blueberries in this easy, refreshing blueberry lemonade drink.
The drink takes 2 1/2 cups of blueberries and about 4 medium lemons (enough to make 1/2 cup of lemon juice).
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Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream
This patriotic ice cream combines the colors and flavors of blueberries and raspberries in a creamy vanilla ice cream.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Serve this delicious summer berry cobbler warm with ice cream for a treat. This is a great dessert to take to a cookout or gathering.
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Blueberry Crumb Cake
This blueberry crumb cake works well as a coffee cake or with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping as a dessert. This cake is baked with a crunchy layered topping of blueberries and lightly spiced, buttery, brown sugar crumbs. Feel free to make this with or without walnuts or pecans.
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If you have an abundance of fresh blueberries, this jam is a great way to preserve them. Enjoy this jam on your biscuits or muffins or make it and give it away to special friends and family.
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Blueberry French Toast Bake
You can enjoy this cinnamon-scented blueberry French toast casserole for breakfast.It's similar to a bread pudding. Or serve it with a scoop of ice cream or a vanilla sauce for a delicious dessert. In other words, it's a daylong treat.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Perfect Blueberry Muffins
Make these blueberry muffins in advance and freeze them for when unexpected guests drop in. On the other hand, they may not last that long.
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins
The bright flavor of lemon is the perfect partner for the sweetness of fresh or frozen blueberries in this lemon blueberry muffins recipe. But it's the pecan-and-brown-sugar topping that really puts these standard breakfast-fare muffins over the top.
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Blueberry Upside-Down Cake
Fresh blueberries are a perfect companion for lemon, and the duo shines in this blueberry upside-down cake. The fruits are lovely against the buttery cake, making it a nice dessert for spring and summer affairs.
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Frozen blueberries are combined with blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries for this crowd-pleasing slab pie. It's a sheet pan version of a traditional pie, complete with a homemade crust and lattice top. Use fresh fruit if you like, and serve it with ice cream for an impressive dessert.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Fresh-baked blueberry biscuits are a fantastic change of pace. They're sweet, just a little tart, and perfect for breakfast or brunch. The biscuit recipe uses fresh blueberries and lemon zest with a tangy-sweet lemon glaze. Serve them cool or warm with butter.
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Blueberry Lemon Cake
Blueberry and lemon are a classic combo, and they're delicious in this bundt cake. Serve it for dessert at dinner or brunch.
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Blueberry Lemon Curd
Spoon this delightful blueberry lemon curd over split buttered biscuits or warm scones for a sensational treat.
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Blueberry Bundt Cake
This is a delicious, made-from-scratch blueberry Bundt cake and it's much easier to prepare than you might think. Serve this great cake for breakfast or brunch, or serve it as a dessert with vanilla or lemon sauce.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Scones are an appealing breakfast bread because they tend to be less sweet than muffins. Fresh blueberries make these tender, buttery scones a wonderful morning treat. They're easy to mix and bake and they're perfect for a family snack or special brunch. Sprinkle the tops with sugar or vanilla sugar and serve with butter, preserves, lemon curd, or a flavored cream cheese spread.
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Easy Blueberry Crumb Cake
Serve this delicious blueberry crumb cake warm as a dessert with ice cream or a drizzling of cream, or serve it as a coffee cake. This simple cake will not disappoint.
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A grunt is a fruit cobbler that's cooked on the stovetop, and it's a fun way to enjoy fresh or frozen blueberries. Top the warm blueberry grunt with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Blueberry Oatmeal Cake
This blueberry loaf cake is just the right size for most families. Feel free to use frozen blueberries in this cake if you don't have fresh.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Fresh Blueberry Sauce
Serve this yummy blueberry sauce over pancakes or waffles or use it as a sauce for ice cream, bread pudding, plain custard, cheesecake, pound cake, or dessert crepes.
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Blueberry Bread Pudding
Top this soft, inviting blueberry bread pudding with whipped cream or a dessert sauce. Use bread, brioche, or challah for a rich bread pudding or make it with French or Italian bread.
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Blueberry Ice Cream
Your family will love this rich, creamy blueberry ice cream. Serve this ice cream at a summer gathering or special occasion. Use it to top slices of lemon pound cake or serve it with blueberry sauce.
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A crunchy, buttery brown sugar oat topping graces this divine blueberry dessert. Add this fabulous blueberry crisp to your recipe box.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Here's a classic double crust blueberry pie. Cinnamon provides light spice flavor to the fresh blueberry filling. Use your favorite pie crust recipe or purchased refrigerated pastry to make this pie.
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Raspberry and Blueberry Bundt Cake
What better way to enjoy summer berries than with a glorious red, white, and blue Bundt cake. Don't wait until the Fourth of July to enjoy this delicious cake!
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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake
This fluffy Dutch baby pancake is yet another way to enjoy fresh or frozen blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberries over the pancake just before it goes into the oven.
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Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie
This frozen lemonade pie gets its amazing color and flavor from fresh summer blueberries. Just throw everything into the blender, mix, and then pour it into a pie crust and freeze.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Sweet Blueberry Pizza
This sweet pizza is the perfect treat for a summer party. The cream cheese layer and blueberries sit atop a baked shortbread cookie crust.
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Blueberry Gelatin Salad
This pretty blueberry salad calls for canned blueberries, but frozen thawed blueberries work just fine in the recipe.