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Blueberry Coffee Cake

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My daughter’s Girl Scout troop was planning their menu for a big camping trip to Camp River Ranch. For Sunday morning breakfast, the girls proposed coffee cake and we decided to make a blueberry coffee cake and it was divine!

The cake was sweet and loaded with blueberries. The cinnamon topping was toasty and crispy! Freshly baked, it was warm and tasty on the cool morning. We’ll definitely be making this one again. So yummy!

The instructions below start with some home prep and then some prep and assembly in camp. You can also easily make this at home in a conventional oven. It actually goes together pretty easily.

Equipment
12-inch Dutch oven or 9×13 baking pan (for conventional or box oven), mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons.

Ingredients for the Cake
5 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup whole milk
2 cups fresh blueberries

Ingredients for the Topping
½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Sugar, for sprinkling

Prep (at Home or in Camp)
For the cake flour mixture, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to a medium bowl or a container or resealable bag and stir to combine. Label the container or resealable bag for transport to camp in your food tote.

For the topping, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a gallon-size heavy duty resealable bag for transport to camp in your food tote.

Prep (in Camp)
Line your 12-inch Dutch oven with foil for easy clean up and coat the foil with cooking spray, oil or butter. If using a 9×13 baking dish, coat with cooking spray, oil or butter.

Preheat your oven or start your coals (25 coals for a 12-inch Dutch oven or 14 coals for a box oven).

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately and mix until totally incorporated. Do not over-beat. Fold in the blueberries until evenly distributed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or Dutch oven.

For the topping, add the butter to the topping mixture in the resealable bag and mush together until you get a nice crumbly texture. Sprinkle the topping over the top of the batter.

Bake in a 350°F oven, using 17 coals on the lid and 8 coals underneath, for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake is golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar. Serve with softened butter.

Serves 16

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Olympic National Park Holds Many Secrets

20150601_great-outdoors-month-logIn honor of June being National Great Outdoors Month, I thought I’d share one of my favorite camping places.

Olympic National Park
Located in northwestern Washington state, the park is named for Mount Olympus, which receives more than 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow. At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.

This is the park of my childhood. It has 16 different campgrounds. My dad’s favorite camping/fishing spot was the Queets. Other camping favorites include the Hoh, Sol Duc, Mora, Kalaloch, and Ozette. You could probably camp there for a lifetime and still not discover all of Olympic’s secrets.

 

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With nearly one million acres, Olympic encompasses several distinctly different ecosystems and protects a rich natural and cultural history. Untamed rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, and only trails traverse the vast interior of this internationally recognized wilderness.

 

Beach_credit-NPS-Photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

Hoh-River-Credit-NPS-photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

Olympic-Coast-Sea-Stacks-Credit-NPS-photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

I hope this inspires you to get outside and go camping. And, while you’re camping, cook some amazing food!

 

Fiddlehead-ferns-at-Olympic-National-Park-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

 

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