Blueberry Pecan Crunch
Recipe is courtesy of Jean Anderson for the NCDA&CS featuring NC Blueberries and Pecans.
- 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish
- pastry blender
- nonstick cooking spray
Homemade Biscuit Mix (commercial biscuit mix can be used)
- 2½ cups all-purpse flour, sifted
- 2 tablespoons double-acting baking powder
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1½ (6 cups) quarts fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ (1½ sticks) cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped into small peaks or a pint of vanilla ice cream.
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Lightly spritz 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl combine, 2⅔ cups sifted purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 4 teaspoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Whisk well.
- Using a pastry blender add 10 tablespoons cold butter. Cut butter into flour mixture until it is the consistency of small lentils. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl toss 1½ quarts of blueberries and 1 teaspoon orange zest.
- Spread over bottom of baking dish and drizzle with ½ cup orange juice.
- In a separate bowl add 2⅔ cups biscuit mix and ¾ cup sugar. Mix well.
- Sprinkle mixture evenly over top of blueberries.
- Drizzle ¾ cup melted butter evenly and scatter with 1 cup chopped pecans.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Garnish with 1 cup whipped heavy cream or a pint of vanilla ice cream. Serve at once.
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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' divisions have responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering agronomy; animal health; weights and measures; gas and oil inspection; crop and livestock statistics; USDA commodity distribution; state farm operations; food, drug and cosmetic testing for purity; agricultural marketing and promotion; agricultural marketing grading; international agricultural crop and livestock marketing; operation of the North Carolina State Fair and North Carolina Mountain State Fair; operation of four state farmers markets; research station operations; seed and fertilizer inspection; nursery and plant pest eradication activities; regulation of the structural pest control industry; agricultural environmental issues; soil and water conservation; forest management and protection; state and federal agricultural legislation; and agricultural economic analysis.