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Huckleberry Coffee Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen

About Writer in the Kitchen, aka MK's Cookery: I love to be in the kitchen. Once upon a time I was going to be a pastry chef, and though my life took a different path (glad it did), my love for baking and cooking has never gone away. You can always find more on my Recipe page.

Huckleberry season in Montana is a beautiful thing. Every summer, huckleberries can be found in roadside stands, often alongside fresh-picked cherries, or at farmer's markets. They are a precious and pricey treat, for those who gather them must do so in the wild among the animals that want their fair share.


There's a fun scene in Gallagher's Pride that involves a hungry black bear and a berry bush. Ethan and I both enjoyed a laugh at Brenna's expense. She held her ground, though, and forgave us both. Thank goodness.



Did You Know? Almost all huckleberries are grown in the wild. They do not like to be tamed, and wild huckleberries are not the same as garden huckleberry varieties. There is also a difference between the varieties that grow in the eastern United States and those in the western part of the country. Wild huckleberries don't transplant well in part because they lack a centralized root system.


Did You Know? Huckleberries are full of antioxidants, high in iron, and a good source of vitamin C and potassium.


Did You Know? Huckleberries and blueberries are often mixed together in Huckleberry dishes to save money. They are similar in taste, but huckleberries are less sweet and have a distinct flavor all their own. It's worth investing in huckleberries, even if trying them only once.


Every bite of this cake is bursting with huckleberry flavor and a touch of cinnamon and spice. It's really quite delicate and airy.


Did You Know? "Recipes are basically instructions; receipts are a record of what has been received as part of a transaction. Both recipe and receipt derive from recipere, the Latin verb meaning "to receive or take," with receipt adding a detour through Old North French and Middle English. But there was a time when receipt was used for what we now call a recipe." (Merriam-Webster)



A quiet porch is a perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea. If you have a garden, treat yourself by setting up a chair and table, and relax with a cup of tea and a good book.


Enjoy, and thank you for visiting!

Have you read Gallagher's Pride? Visit the book page to learn more about Ethan and Brenna's romantic adventure.


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