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Cooking With Kids: Blueberry Breakfast Recipe

Updated on August 9, 2012
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Picking blueberries is great fun for the whole family.
Picking blueberries is great fun for the whole family. | Source

Benefits of Picking Blueberries

Blueberries are an incredible, tiny fruit that you can grow in your yard or can find out in the wild. One of my favorite summer time activities is to go blueberry picking. It is a wonderful family activity. This type of family fun helps children to get a sense of where their food actually comes from, how it ends up in the grocery store. By having children become a part not only of cooking their own food, but harvesting it as well, there is much more of a connection to the food that they eat. They can begin to understand that food is not just something that appears on your plate or that you get in three minutes as you zip through a drive thru. Children can start to see that it takes time and energy to get out and harvest the food that you use to fuel your body. Whether you help to foster this idea through having a garden of your own, or heading out to pick local fruits and vegetables, it is an important lesson for children to learn.


How to Correctly Pick Blueberries

Blueberries are not like most other berries when you pick them. Their leaves are tiny and so are the stems that attach them to the bush. If you plan to use blueberries for cooking, you will save yourself a lot of time if you pick them clean. Picking them cleanly means that they are almost completely free of leaves and stems. You can do this by cupping your hand under the bunch of berries. Then gently roll your fingers (sort of like you would if you are drumming your fingers on a table) on the bunch of berries. The ripened berries will fall into your hand while the unripened berries will stay on the bush. You will not get leaves or stems of you pick them this way. Do not pull the berries off of the bush. Not only will you end up with leaves and stems, but you will also lose many berries as they fall into the surrounding bushes.


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5 stars from 1 rating of Slow Cooker Blueberry Fancy

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 10 min
Yields: 12 servings

Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries have many fantastic health benefits. To learn more about how they will add to your overall health, check out this great hub by MissOlive.

Why Eat Blueberries? Nutrition and Health Benefits of the Blueberry

Ingredients for Blueberry Fancy

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 eight oz. block of cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pictures of Blueberry Fancy

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Alex enthusiastically rips the bread into pieces and places them in the crock pot.Grace carefully cuts the cream cheese into pieces.Watch my magic as I toss the blueberries into the pot!Grace even cracks the eggs this time.  (Not too many shells had to be picked out!)The layers are built and ready to cook.Time to eat!
Alex enthusiastically rips the bread into pieces and places them in the crock pot.
Alex enthusiastically rips the bread into pieces and places them in the crock pot. | Source
Grace carefully cuts the cream cheese into pieces.
Grace carefully cuts the cream cheese into pieces. | Source
Watch my magic as I toss the blueberries into the pot!
Watch my magic as I toss the blueberries into the pot! | Source
Grace even cracks the eggs this time.  (Not too many shells had to be picked out!)
Grace even cracks the eggs this time. (Not too many shells had to be picked out!) | Source
The layers are built and ready to cook.
The layers are built and ready to cook. | Source
Time to eat!
Time to eat! | Source

Blueberry Desserts

For additional ways to make some tasty desserts with blueberries, take a look at randomcreative's hub on Blueberry Dessert Recipes.

If you are looking for a delicious and easy tart to make, try K9keystrokes' Black and Blue Berry Tart.

Instructions for Slow Cooker Blueberry Fancy

  1. Tear the bread into pieces that are bite size. Cut the cream cheese into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Place half of the bread pieces into the crock pot. Pour half of the blueberries on top of the bread pieces. Then cover with half of the cream cheese.
  3. Next, place the remaining bread, blueberries, and cheese, into the slow cooker.
  4. In a medium size bowl crack the eggs, mix in the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture over the layers of bread, blueberries, and cream cheese. Place lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about four hours. You will know that it is done if it does not move when gently shaken. **Can be served with blueberry or maple syrup.

Although blueberry fancy is often viewed as a dessert, it has much more of a savory taste since there is no added sugar. Using maple syrup over the top just before eating gives it just the right amount of sweetness. I personally see this as more of a special breakfast or brunch recipe rather than a dessert. However, no matter how you serve it, it is delicious!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Ummm....I don't think so! :) Aunt Lynn always says that she loves when Christa and I pick berries because there's very little that she has to clean. And yes, that boy is always good for a laugh!

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-great tip about the blueberry picking...I never knew this. Guess you are more the Yooper than I ever was, LOL Love the recipe and the taglines under Alex's photos are hilarious! Great photos btw-Grace is getting so grown up. :) Recipe rated up / etc.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      The hats were a gift from Grandma (Denise Handlon) because of all of the cooking that the kids do. They love wearing them. Thanks for your visit. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I had to make sure that I checked this out after your comment! I love Alex's chef hat. Great recipe as always.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Rob, sorry that the thumbnail didn't work for you. I just tried and they worked for me so maybe there was just a glitch when you were reading. Thanks so much for your visit and I hope you get a chance to try the recipe.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad to hear it mismazda! I hope that you get a chance to try the recipe and thanks for your visit.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Rebecca. Once you know how to pick a blueberry, you will rarely have to pick out leaves from your harvest. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      No, not just for kids Cyndi (just borrow a couple to have them make it for you!) We really liked it. We thought it tasted like french toast which I guess makes sense!

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      Rob Hampton 

      5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Sounds awesome. I love anything with blueberries. The thumbnail images don't seem to work when clicked on.

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      mismazda 

      5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Mmmm...looks and sounds good...my little ones love blueberries....voted up n useful...

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How awesome is this great Hub! I love the tip for how to pick blueberries.It makes a lot of sense. The fancy recipe sounds delicious and is very different. I will try this soon.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Mmmmm! I love blueberries and this looks delicious - even for adults! :D I might have to try this - I LOVE my slow-cooker, especially in the wintertime.

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