Florida's history of the blueberry was in the form of wild berries in the 1800's and since then we have enjoyed many kinds of blueberries in so many different ways.
Today there are hundreds of small farms all around the state of Florida, most of them are in the northern and central parts of the state. Florida only produces a fraction of the berries in the industry, but Florida does harvest their berries much earlier in the year than any of the other states around the country.
There are many recipes for the Florida Blueberry and here are a couple that I would like to share with you.
1 cup low-fat milk
2 cups vanilla frozen low-fat yogurt
8 ice cubes
Blueberry Bread Pudding
|Day-Old torn French or Italian Bread or Rolls||5 to 6 Cups|
|Granulated Sugar||1 Cup|
|Almond Extract||1/4 teaspoon|
|Vanilla Extract||1/2 teaspoon|
|Lemon Zest||1/2 teaspoon (optional)|
|Fresh Blueberries||2 cups|
|Powdered Sugar||3 Tablespoons|
Preparation:Heat oven to 350°. Butter an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, flavorings, and zest. Add the bread and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Toss blueberries with powdered sugar then stir into the bread mixture. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Set the baking dish in a larger pan and set in oven. Add about 4 cups of very hot water to the outer pan. I use water from my hot water dispenser, or bring water to almost simmering before adding to the larger pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the bread pudding is set and lightly browned on top.
Serves 8 to 10