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A fruit pizza worthy of breakfast; wild blueberry focaccia ~ 

Disclosure: Wild Blueberry Association of North America compensated The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc. and Teaspoon Communications), to sponsor this recipe contest. We are therefore not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I just got schooled in berries.

My daughter goes through berries like no one’s business and while I’m all for buying foods in season, I do admit to purchasing fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in the winter months to satisfy her habit. But besides picking raspberries in the woods behind my parents’ house come summer time, I didn’t know much about wild berries or, the topic at hand, wild blueberries.

My lesson came by way of The Wild Blueberry Association of North America. The WBANA is currently sponsoring a recipe challenge among us Recipe ReDux members to use these tiny jewels in our kitchens. Now, unless you live in Maine or somewhere close to the East Canadian border, most of your wild blueberry experiences will come from the freezer section in your grocery store. Thee good news is you still benefit from their natural sweetness and nutrient packed goodness as they are frozen at the peak of freshness. (Actually most frozen produce is preserved at peak of freshness – that’s why some of the best bargains in the supermarket are found in the freezer section.)

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Visually, it’s easy to pick out a wild blueberry from a regular blueberry. Wild blueberries are teeny tiny, about half the size of the regular blueberries; they have an intense, sweet blueberry flavor, are antioxidant packed, and have a deeper blue color because they grow in harsh climates and glacial soils. And here’s a pretty cool historical fact: Wild blueberries have been on earth for over 10,000 years.

So, for my wild blueberry recipe, I was thinking of doing something different than the typical muffin, pancake or smoothie recipe. Then I thought of fruit pizza which made me think of a roasted grape focaccia I had eaten years ago.

Wild Blueberry Focaccia

Makes 16 - 18 servings

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the topping:
  • 3 cups frozen wild blueberries (about 20 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup blackberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Directions

  1. To make the dough, add yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining 1/2 cup water, 1 cup white whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt. If using a stand mixer, use dough hook to mix together dough and knead for about 5 minutes. Otherwise do by hand.
  3. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup of white whole wheat flour until dough comes together. Grease bowl with cooking spray, put in dough ball back on bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel. Let rise in warm area for 1 hour.
  4. Punch down dough and roll into approximately 10 x 15-inch rectangle.
  5. Grease 10 x 15-inch rimmed baking sheet with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place dough in pan, making sure it's stretched to the edges of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise another hour.
  6. While dough is rising, thaw wild blueberries in a pot over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Add in blackberry preserves, 1/4 cup water and cornstarch and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  8. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 3 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat, mix in orange zest and nutmeg.
  10. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  11. Dimple risen focaccia dough with end of wooden spoon or your thumb, indenting every 1-inch or so.
  12. Spoon wild blueberry topping over focaccia dough, spread it within 1/2 inch of the edges.
  13. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the dough starts to turn golden brown and the wild blueberry topping is set.
  14. Cool on a rack for about 15 minutes before serving. If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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Now, truth be told, my crust didn’t rise as much as your traditional focaccia, probably because of the amount of whole wheat flour I used but it was still down right tasty and so pretty coming out of the oven.

And because frozen wild blueberries are pretty easy to find, this can be both a winter and summer recipe.

I’m just happy to add another berry to our family meal plan.

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Have you ever tried wild blueberries? Have you ever used frozen wild blueberries?

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Comments

  1. My 2 year old nephew loves blueberries so my sister continues to purchase them during the winter months. I had no idea about the benefits of wild blueberries, and I couldn’t tell my sister fast enough. I believe she has some in the freezer now as do I ;). This is one creative and simple recipe, and I look forward to trying it. I’m ok with crust not rising much as long as it tastes good!
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  2. I LOVE wild blueberries and would never think to use them on a focaccia. This looks sooo delightful for breakfast, lunch, dessert, snack, etc. :)
    Sues recently posted..The English Rose Cocktail: Winter CocktailsMy Profile

  3. Wow, it looks like it came from an upscale bakery. The wild blueberry sauce looks perfect and just the right consistency for this delicious breakfast ‘pizza’!
    dianeboyd recently posted..Wild Blueberry Dutch PancakeMy Profile

  4. What a gorgeous recipe. I could eat that all day! Healthy … but also brimming with so many lovely flavors. Love the addition of orange zest!
    Liz – Meal Makeover Mom recently posted..A Recipe for Lemony Wild Blueberry Sauce {Recipe Redux Cooking Contest}My Profile

  5. Bet your bread has great flavor. I love the intense flavor of wild blueberries and think they would be great on your focaccia. Sure looks good, too.

  6. Wow Deanna,
    Your focaccia really looks fabulous! I’d love to try a piece of it but you live too far away, so I’ll have to come up with something on my own.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits recently posted..Wild Blueberry Polenta with Grilled Onions and SausageMy Profile

  7. Your focaccia looks like the perfect brunch starter to me, Deanna!
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  8. This is an amazing idea! That focaccia top packed with so many blueberries..yum!! I want some now!
    Sarah Grace recently posted..Wild Blueberry & Coconut Scones [GF, DF]My Profile

  9. Love this idea! That bread looks delicious, jam-packed with blueberries! Sounds great. Alex
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  10. Yum! This looks amazing!

  11. WIll you come to my house and make this for my kids? They would be EVER so grateful :-) This looks seriously yummy, and love the idea of a sweet breakfast foccacia!
    EA-The Spicy RD recently posted..Add Some Bling to Your Diet with The Little Book of Thin + A Recipe for Miso Broccoli & Quinoa SaladMy Profile

  12. This is such a great idea! I never would have thought of making a wild blueberry foccacia! This could totally pass as a “dessert for breakfast” kind of meal and I’m all about that! Excited to try this out :)

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