Batter cake for little huckleberries

  • By Judyrae Kruse, Herald Columnist
  • Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:50pm
  • Life

A recent request from Snohomish reader Carolyn Redd for recipes calling for “those little red huckleberries” rattled the memory boxes of both Norrine Larson of Arlington and Esther F. Thompson of Everett.

Both Norrine (who I had the great and immense pleasure of working with at the Arlington Times years ago) and Esther mention the recipe is an old one. And, believe it or not, the recipes they sent along are an identical match.

In case you missed this pre-1984 Forum dessert, here it is again:

Huckleberry/ blueberry batter cake

2cups huckleberries or blueberries

11/4cups sugar, divided

3tablespoons shortening

1cup flour

1teaspoon baking powder

1/2teaspoon salt, divided

1/2cup milk

1tablespoon cornstarch

1cup hot water

Ice cream or whipped cream

Turn berries into well-greased, 8-inch square baking pan. In medium mixing bowl, cream 3/4 cup of the sugar and shortening. Sift together the flour, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Spread batter evenly over berries. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over batter and bake at 375 degrees 35 to 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes one 8-inch pan.

Note to Joanne Dye: Use 3/4 cup corn syrup.

SOS: Arlington readers Bill and Cathy Wade write, “Last summer, we found a recipe for strawberry cobbler. Now we can’t find that recipe. Can anyone help us? Thank you for your assistance.”

SOS: A reader we’ll call Hooterville tells us, “Two or three years ago, I had a recipe made with baby red potatoes and sugar snap peas (primarily), with a Dijon mustard type of dressing. I have looked and looked for this recipe for two years now, without success, and my sugar snap peas are coming in again, so I’d love to have a ‘reasonable facsimile’ of it, please. If anyone can help me, that would be great!”

If you can share the how-to for the strawberry cobbler or the potatoes-and-peas concoction, please write to Judyrae Kruse at the Forum, c/o The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.

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