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Nutty Berry Loaf 
Feb. 6, 2010 7:43 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2010 4:21 pm
I can be a sucker for a "good buy" and, this time, I was sucked in by a sale of my local supermarket's store brand of blueberry muffin mixes - 2 for $1.00.  I bought 4...

So, I'm about muffin-ed out.  I love berries of all kinds, especially blueberries, but I get burned out on the "same ol' thing" pretty quickly.  That's why I had to figure out something different to do with these last 2 boxes of muffin mix.

Well, muffins are just a short bread in a cupcake form, for the most part, right?  So, I decided to make a shortbread loaf with it... but it needs SOMETHING to improve it from just muffin mix in a loaf.

I took the things I love and tossed them in and got the loaf pictured below.  It's got sour cream,  walnuts, dried cherries and dried cranberries, plus the usual eggs, oil and mix.  It turned out wonderfully.  The recipe is saved in my box if you want to try it for yourself.  The loaf is moist, and dense, with all those nuts and dried fruits baked in.  It worked much better than I expected!

(Next time, I think I may add a streusel topping to it.)
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Feb. 6, 2010 8:05 pm
TLW, this looks and sounds yummy! Would make a good desert or good for breakfast with a cup or two of coffee!!
Feb. 7, 2010 7:49 am
That looks so good. I would eat that with my hot tea this morning if I had one. I would have it all for me because of nut allergy in most of my kids.
Feb. 9, 2010 4:21 pm
You could have made pancakes with the mix by just adding more milk and less oil. I tried "marbeling" some orange marmalade in with my blueberry muffins last time. I tried to go lightly, but even a little added a lot of flavor.
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