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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Blueberry Tea Bread and Shelley Sunroom Tea For Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Hello and welcome to August! It's my irth month, and always warm...at least it usually is....

Blue is my favorite color, and probably blueberries are my favorite fruit....and we grow them large here on our organic farms...the harvest is about over, but we picked some recently, and I froze quite a few...

So last Friday's bake was a Blueberry Tea loaf...recipe follows...and a tea trya in the sunroom...

There is only one teacup...because my Honey likes mugs...he feels safer with them with hos Parkinson's Disease. I had already handed him his, so...just my teacup...a Shelley...surprise! Surprise! That I recently found...

The pattern is called Pink Rose or Pink Rose Spray, and is pattern number 13247. It was made with several different color stripes or bands, but of course I love the blue! 

The teacup and saucer is in the Henley shape, and was made from 1940 to 1966 when the pottery closed. I do love Shelley! I thought I would also add my Shelley Rock Garden Chintz cream and sugar to the tray...

This is the individual size of the cream and sugar...it also comes in a bigger size. Love the pattern, but then I love all Shelley chintzes!

The pattern has the British Registry number for 1937-1938 when the design was patented on this shape, which is the New Cambridge shape, pattern number 756, and was also made between 1940 and 1966.

In case you want some jam, I have put it in a Woods and Son English Scenery red transferware dish...

this is my husband's choice...peach preserves, which he always requests with the blueberry tea bread...

As you can see, the bread is chock full of the luscious organic blueberries!

Here is the loaf, just out of the oven...and here is the recipe for your to make your own! I can't tell you where the recipe is from, only that I cut it from a magazine in the 1970s when we were first married, and have used it since then...I never noted which magazine...you didn't then, did you?

Blueberry Tea Loaf

2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk...always almond milk here
1 cup fresh blueberries or thawed frozen blueberries well drained
I always add 1/4 chopped pecans because my husband loves nuts
powdered confectioner's sugar for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease  a 9X5X2 3/4 inch loaf pan.

2. Sift flour with baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

3.In large bowl, with electric mixer at high, beat butter with granulated sugar and eggs until light and fluffy...about 2 minutes.

4. At low speed, beat in flour mixtrue divided into 4ths, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Beat just until smooth.

5. With rubber scraper, gently fold in the blueberries and nuts if used  just until combined.

6. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 60-65 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

7.  Let cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Turn out of pan onto wire rack Sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Serve slighltly warm, or let cool completely. 
Makes 1 loaf

Thanks so much for joining me this week for Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Since Friday, we are watching the Olympics and enjoying them, but it sounds too hot and humid for us...even if it is winter there! I will be joining:

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  1. I sure wish I had a slice of your luscious blueberry bread this morning for my breakfast, Ruth. I love that it's a recipe from the '70's, when I was a new bride, too. Your Shelley teacup is so dainty and pretty, and the cream and sugar chintz pattern is so lovely. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  2. You and me both -- I've said before I've never met a Shelley I didn't love! Mmm . . . I would love a slice of that blueberry bread. Looks delicious, and there's something about using old recipes. I think of the history of that recipe, and how many times I've made it, and for which occasions.

  3. Your organic blueberries are HUGE! I have the same Shelley teacup (found it a local church sale this summer) so I enjoyed the background info you provided. It's my first, but hopefully not the last Shelley! Thank you for hosting and stay cool!

  4. Ruth, your blueberry bread looks just wonderful and so does the jam. I love using old recipes. Somehow it brings a bit of sentiment and charm not only into one's baking but also in the partaking of it. As always it's a pleasure to see your many pieces of Shelley. Thanks for joining me today and have a lovely week.


  5. That blueberry bread looks absolutely delicious! Happy Birthday to you!

  6. Hi Ruth,
    I love that Shelley teacup and the chintz Shelley cream and sugar. Sooo beautiful! Your blueberry loaf looks yummy! Sometimes I feel safer with a mug too like your hubby. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Karen

  7. Your blueberry bread looks delicious. I frequently make blueberry muffins but never loaves. Thank you for providing the recipe. We're enjoying the Olympics too-except for all of the commercials and it's on so late. Happy Birthday Ruth!

  8. Thank you for the blueberry tea loaf recipe. It looks delicious. Love the teacups and chintz is divine! I'm enjoying the Olympics, too. Have a wonderful week and thanks for hosting!

  9. The blueberry bushes are amazing! I can't get my bushes to produce here. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Ruth, that chintz pattern is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. And your blueberry tea bread is perfect! I'll be doing a tea post next Thursday.

  11. Hello, That pink rose spray pattern on that cup was so pretty. And your bread looks just luscious and filled with your own blueberries!
    Blessings, Roxy

  12. Where do I start, I just loved all you showed. The blueberrie bread looks great. I love the new teacup set the spray of roses is lovely. Love the chintz creamer and sugar. The red and white bowl all very nice. Happy weekend and lovely day with love Janice

  13. ahhh, the bread looks sooo good. I don't have blueberries...but i do have blackberries, strawberries and a couple of bananas...we may have a Sat morning Fruit Bread with pecans in the a.m....thanks for the recipe


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