Take to the Table Tuesday: Blueberry Braid

by Mindy Lockard on July 6, 2010

There’s a little truth in life and that is no matter how hard we fight it,

no matter how much we tell ourselves it won’t happen,

the reality is inevitable ladies…

one-way or another we will become our mothers.

Which for me is a good thing at the age of 32.  At the age of 17 I swore it would never happen… but we’ll leave that in the 90s with my 10 eye Doc Martens.

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One of my greatest memories of my mother is her pre-weekend getaway bustle.  She made lists. She cleaned. She packed. She baked.  A little tradition that I’ve adopted as I plan for weekend getaways. I love it because I’m always prepared and the process makes me feel like my mom is in my home and not 120 miles away.  The feeling of closeness may also be a result of the record number of times I call her for for recipes and tips. 

Recipes like this family favorite that I took this past weekend to our getaway at the lake.

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Char Crumley’s (family friend) Blueberry Braid Ingredients:

·     1 cup milk

·     1/2 cup soft butter

·     Sugar (1/2 cup dough, 1/2 compote, 1/4 cup cream cheese spread)

·     2 packages yeast

·     4 1/2 to 5 cups flour

·     1 tsp salt

·     2 egg

·     8 oz cream cheese

·     1 cup blueberries

First make the dough…

Step one: heat the milk, butter and sugar in a pan until the butter melts and sugar dissolves. 

Step two: pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl of a standing mixer and add the two packages of yeast.

Step three: attached with a dough hook and turned on medium add the eggs and salt and slowly add the flour until smooth and elastic.

Step four: Turn onto a floured surface and knead a few times. 

Step five: Place in a buttered bowl and let rise until doubled in size.

Blueberry Filling – in a saucepan combine 1 cup of blueberries and 1/2 of sugar.  Cook until the berries are soft but not liquid.

Cream Cheese Spread – in a food processor combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sugar.  Pulse until smooth. Set aside.

Making the Braid…

Roll out the dough.

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With kitchen shears snip two-inch slits making sure there are equal amounts on each side.

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 Spread cream cheese…

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add blueberries…

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and braid by folding the dough slits over, alternating sides.

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Brush with unsalted butter…

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and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.

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Serve!  Not only is it tasty but it’s so pretty too. So pretty I’m always tempted to tie a big floppy bow on the end.  But then again if you know my girls and me we have a thing for floppy bows! And speaking of girls, I do hope that someday I will be taking their calls as they engage in the traditional pre-getaway bustle!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.  I’d love to hear the memories you made or traditions you enjoyed!

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Olivia 07.07.10 at 6:25 am

Looks delicious! So pretty too. xx

Mindy Lockard 07.07.10 at 9:11 am

Thank you so much Olivia!

Debbie @TheHipHostess 07.07.10 at 9:40 am

Though my baking skills are seriously lacking, this blueberry braid has me totally motivated! Putting it on my To Bake list. By the way, I love when Andrea calls me for recipes or cooking how to’s, one of the joys of being a Mom that you have to look forward to.

Housewife Bliss 07.07.10 at 10:46 am

yummy–I will have to print this off.

I found my mother looking back at me a few years ago, and now that we have moved closer I see more of myself in her every day..sometimes a scary thing, sometimes a blessing (depends on what it is).

Mindy Lockard 07.07.10 at 12:47 pm

I love that my mother’s recipe has motivated you Debbie! Andrea is so lucky to have a mom like you.

Mindy Lockard 07.07.10 at 12:49 pm

Oops! I just realized that I forgot the frosting. I pour powder sugar in a piping bag, a cap full of vanilla and a splash of milk. I repeat the sugar and milk until it’s the right consistency!

hollie 07.07.10 at 12:56 pm

Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you! I cannot wait to try this Mindy! I love your Take it to the Table Tuesdays!
Thanks you for taking the time to share with us!

CareySue 07.07.10 at 1:02 pm

Oh my Y-U-M!!!! Can’t wait to try this one!!!
Flour, sugar, butter, blueberries… how can it get any better!!!

Mindy Lockard 07.08.10 at 7:42 am

Thank you all! I had a great question about not having a standing mixer! No worries and better for your arms. Just use a really large bowl and wooden spoon to mix it, or any mixer with a dough hook will do! I’d love to hear and see the results! Happy baking.

Susan Knight 07.08.10 at 9:24 am

My Braid NEVER looked that beautiful!! Love MOM!
Loved the Birthday party for spuirmey!

Mindy Lockard 07.08.10 at 9:46 am

Oh my goodness mom, you make me laugh and wish you could have been here to laugh in person with me. I only remember your braid looking beautiful and tasting like summertime! Love you.

Lizzie 07.09.10 at 9:15 am

Mindy,
Your braid was beautiful, and so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Xoxo,
Lizzie

Char Crumley 07.09.10 at 2:41 pm

Hi Mindy,
I had no idea your mom was baking braids all these years and now you too !!! I am so thrilled that your family has enjoyed the recipe as much as mine has. Your column is precious …keep up the good work.

Love Char

Lys 07.10.10 at 2:51 pm

This recipe is on my “must try” list – it looks amazing!

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