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by Sarah Steimer

A lemon-tinted crisp for breakfast or dessert.

Filling:

  • 5 cups of blueberries (frozen or fresh — thaw if frozen)
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of lemon balm

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
  • zest of half of a lemon

Combine ingredients for filling and place in a 9-inch pie dish. Combine all ingredients for the topping except the butter. Cut in butter a little at a time and use your hands to combine and create create a sort of crumbly, streusel-like

My blueberries were frozen, but at least my lemon balm was fresh.

consistency. Add this to the top of the filling, covering completely.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Let cool on a rack for about 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

Photos: Sarah Steimer

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by Sarah Steimer

BREAD:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped lemon balm leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

GLAZE:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon balm leaves

The lemon balm in our garden

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and lemon balm. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in lemon peel and squeeze a little juice in as well. Pour into greased mini loaf pans. Bake at 350 F for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

FOR GLAZE: In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, water and lemon juice; stir in lemon balm. Spoon over warm bread while still in the pan. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Taste of Home

Photos: Sarah Steimer

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