I loved my 4th grade Sunday school teacher, Dr. Hale. Warm, funny, and witty, he had the perfect knack for teaching Bible stories in a way that was both illuminating and fun for an audience of 10-year-olds.
Also, he brought coffee cake.
Every. Single. Sunday.
Not just any coffee cake, either. He greeted us each week with a fruit-loaded, almond icing-drizzled, pure butter puff-pastry coffee cake from the Swedish bakery he passed on his way to church.
Can there be any question as to why I will forever associate Sundays with fruit coffee cake?
I am not giving it up, either. Lest you think that your coffee cake days are long past, think again, because I have a cinch of a recipe for blueberry breakfast bread that is exactly what your Sunday morning needs.
I used my Red Lentil Sandwich Bread as the starting point for the recipe, and then tweaked it, adding coconut sugar, milk, oil, vanilla and blueberries to create a coffee cake-worthy treat. Nonetheless, I am calling it “bread” rather than “cake” because it is not too sweet, and can definitely be enjoyed as a snack, too, at any time of the day.
The only advanced planning is soaking the lentils: add water to lentils, and then let sit for 6 hours. I am posting the recipe today (Saturday) so that your lentils will be ready in time for Sunday morning baking.
With soaked lentils at the ready, all of the ingredients, save for the blueberries, are processed in a blender until completely smooth, and then poured into a pan with the blueberries. Easy!
In roughly 30 minutes, you have this scrumptious vanilla-scented bread, which happens to be loaded with nutrition (think high fiber, protein, antioxidants and more), too.
Do not be fooled into thinking a 16th of this cake is a measly serving: the bread rises to a significant height, so one square feels generous. Also, like the Red Lentil Sandwich Bread, this bread is very filling and satisfying. Yum!
Bonus: you will have plenty of leftovers for breakfasts this week! The bread travels very well, so you can feel like its still the weekend as you nibble.
Happy baking , everyone!