A father provides, teaches, disciplines and loves his children. A good father strengthens his family. It is not an easy job and it is sometimes thankless.
It is a great responsibility; knowing how to punish and reward appropriately, leading by example, teaching important lessons, admitting when you’re wrong and letting children make their own mistakes. It is also the most rewarding, satisfying, fulfilling part of life.
A best friend gives compassion and acceptance and shows kindness. A husband lends safety, stability and comfort. I am fortunate enough to have both in the same person. Thomas also happens to be the epitome of a great father.
One way that I know how to show my thanks is to make a handcrafted, love filled, scrumptious and somewhat healthy dessert. And since it’s almost Father’s Day, that’s just what I will do.
Blueberries and cornmeal have had a long standing and delicious relationship. They go well together, whether it’s in a muffin or a cake. I’m adding freshly whipped cream for a bit of decadence.
Let’s do what we do; whisk the dry ingredients and cream the butter with sugar, add eggs and milk. That’s what we do.
When we have a nice wet and well combined batter, we plop blueberries and sugar over top.
Then it all comes together in the oven. We are going low and slow with this cake.
When it comes out, we will have to wait, as hard as that is. We wait because we have to make the freshly whipped cream. Add a touch of vanilla and confectioners sugar and we have a party.
Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
- 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 8×8 pan.
Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until well combined. Add vanilla. Add flour in 3 batches alternating with milk in 2 batches. Spread into prepared pan. Dot with blueberries and sprinkle the 2 tablespoons sugar over top. Bake for 50 minutes until golden and beautiful.
Let cool slightly on a wire rack while preparing whipped cream = 1/2 cup heavy cream, splash of vanilla and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar.
Happy Father’s Day!
I love you Dad!