Lemon Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Cream

 This recipe will make 2 9x5 loaves.  You can also make it in any other kind of baking pan you like.  This bread freezes beautifully, so make two loaves and freeze one.

2 sticks butter, softened
2  2/3 cups, sugar, divided
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups blueberries
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 2 9x5 loaf pans.  

In a large bowl with mixer beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar on medium/high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

With mixer speed on low, add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until well blended and scraping bowl down occasionally.  Alternately add flour mixture and  milk, mixing just until blended.  Gently stir in the blueberries.  Spoon batter into loaf pans.

Bake loaves 1 hour and 5 minutes (much less if baking in a mini bundt cake pan) or until toothpick inserted in center just comes out clean.  Do not overbake loaves.  Cool loaves in pans on wire rack 10 minutes and then remove from pans.

With skewer, prick top and sides of warm cake.  In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and 2/3 cup sugar.  With pastry brush, brush top and sides of warm cake with the lemon glaze.  Cool cakes on wire rack.  

For Blueberry Cream:

1 cup of whipping cream
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar (or regular sugar) to taste

Whip cream and sugar together, adding sugar and tasting until desired sweetness is reached.  Add the blueberries and whip just a little, until the blueberries and just crushed and the whipped cream turns blue.

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