Blueberry Cream Cheese Loaf

            

When I get the urge to make a quick bread, I usually turn to banana bread or pumpkin bread, and I’m sure I’m not alone there. But the world of quick breads is so much bigger! Take this Blueberry Cream Cheese Loaf, for instance. It’s just as quick as a loaf of banana bread, but it feels a little more special and is full of bright blueberries and cream cheese. What I’m saying is, it’s well worth expanding your bread baking repertoire for.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two 9×5-inch loaf pans. Set aside.
Toss blueberries with the 2 tablespoons of flour. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix into the wet ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.
Gently fold in blueberries and pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes.
Let cool on wire rack 10 minutes before running a knife along the edges and inverting out onto wire rack to cool completely.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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