Cream Cheese & Wild Blueberry Pound Cake

6 3/4 oz. all-purpose unbleached flour (1 1/2 C)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 oz. cream cheese at room temperature (Philadelphia brand)
4 oz. unsalted butter (1/2 c) slightly soft (70 degrees)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 cup wild blueberries

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan that's about 8x5x3 inches with a nonstick coating.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well blended. With an electric mixer (paddle attachment) beat the cream cheese and butter until very pale and little tails have formed. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat well until slightly fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until blended before adding the next. With the mixer on low, add the flour, vanilla, and lemon zest and mix until almost incorporated but not quite. Switch from the mixer to a stiff rubber spatula and mix just until the batter is well blended and smooth, taking care to scrape the bowl's bottom and sides. Gently fold in the berries.

Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and bake in the middle of the oven until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it when inserted in the center, 60-65 minutes, if using fresh berries, 75 to 90 min. if using frozen. Let the cake cool about 15 minutes and then invert the pan and lightly tap it to release the cake. Cool completely on a rack before serving.

Note: Most grocery stores carry frozen wild blueberries now. Don't let them thaw or the juices will streak the batter.

Yields one 8x5 inch loaf.

Source of recipe: Carolyn Weil, Fine Cooking #44


Cream Cheese & Wild Blueberry Pound Cake