[AD] Hot Maine summers, fresh, wild blueberries, blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream; these are some of my earliest memories of eating blueberries. I went to a little town in Maine called Old Town every summer during childhood for camp and I remember before we left for camp we would sit at Auntie’s house with a warm, fresh blueberry pie right from the oven. My grubby little hands would dig into a pail of wild blueberries and I would eat palmfuls of them at a time. I enjoyed food a lot as a child and while initially was quite picky I grew to love everything. Now that I am older that love for food has brought me closer to my community, and helps me in my travels because it allows me to connect with local culture in a way I love.
Advice from a Wild Blueberry: Be well rounded, soak up the sun, live a fruitful life, its okay to be a little blue and make sweet memories.
Maine exudes a lot of memories for me and every year, even as an adult I try to go back at least once a year. These memories are engulfed with different food experiences from blueberry pie, ice cream, and lobster rolls and no matter how many times I eat these I keep going back for more. I recently was introduced ( or reintroduced) to Maine Wild Blueberries grown by local Maine farmers; these are now my favorite, plus the health benefits from wild blueberries differ greatly from cultivated blueberries. Did you know that they have 2X the antioxidants than regular blueberries have? They also have a more intense flavor ( I can attest to this), and the recipe I made with them was so rich with Blueberry flavor it created an incredible sensation on the palate. I decided to make Cinnamon Rolls because I love them, and thought they would go amazingly with the rich wild blueberry flavor. I was right!
Keep scrolling for the incredible recipe and then I tell you where you can find these blueberries for yourself!!!
Maine Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
Gooey, fresh, wild blueberry sauce, slathered in between layers of fluffy dough and baked until golden brown.
- 2 Cups Maine Wild Blueberries
- 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
- 1 Tsp Orange Zest
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 4 Tsp Corn Starch
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Butter (Unsalted and room temp)
- 3 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Package Active Dry Yeast
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Lg Egg
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup White Sugar
- 4 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Softened Butter
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 Tbsp Milk
Wild Blueberry Sauce
Add wild blueberries, sugar, and orange juice to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until berries break down a bit and add corn starch and water mixture. Cook a little longer until broken down a bit more. The sauce will be thick, with blueberries still whole.
Dough & Rolls
To start off dough, heat milk in a small saucepan until it just bubbles, stir in butter until it melts. Let sit for 5 minutes.
With an electric mixer with a flat beater, add in 3 1/2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add in milk & butter mixture, water and egg. Beat well. Once dough has pulled together, switch out for dough hook or knead by hand for 5 minutes. Dough is ready when it feels tacky and doesnt stick to your fingers. Cover dough with plastic wrap or warm cloth and let rise for 60 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 12x9 inch rectangle. Use pastry brush to slather with softened butter, and then combine cinnamon and sugars and sprinkle over the butter. Spread 2/3 Cup of Blueberry mixture over the dough and carefully roll up by pulling up and awatyand tucking in. Pinch edges to seal, and then cut of edges. Cut in clean even slices, and layer in a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap for another 30 minutes and preheat oven to 350.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 and then increase heat to 375 and bake for another 10 minuts until golden brown. Drizzle with leftover Wild Blueberry Mixture and Lemon Glaze once cooled.
Whisk ingredients together and pour over rolls once cooled
I bought mine at a local Whole Foods and they had plenty, I bought three cartons because I knew I would eat a whole carton before making this recipe, that is who I am as a person. I hope you enjoyed learning more about Maine Wild Blueberries, their flavors, my memories, and hope you attempt these cinnamon rolls, you won’t regret it.
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