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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Old Fashioned Dessert-Blueberry Boy Bait

In the contest for vintage desserts with cute names, there is only one real contender: Blueberry Boy Bait, and July, being national blueberry month, is the perfect time to make it.   There are a  bunch of versions of the recipe on the internet, I used the Smitten Kitchen one since it has a generous helping of butter and blueberries and cinnamon. Yum. If you click on the Smitten Kitchen link it will take you to this very easy and very old fashioned recipe.

Blueberry Boy Bait was developed by a 15 year old girl in 1954 when she entered the junior division on the Pillsbury Bake Off contest and one second prize.  It would seem that the first prize winners creation has been lost to the ages, but Blueberry Boy Bait helped no doubt by its adorable name has survived.  You can imagine the cake being served at a party full of young mid century teens,  like in the advertisement below.


  1. I will definitely check this out. I love fruit desserts with this type of cake-y topping. Of course, everyone would love the name and history behind it too.

  2. Heading to snag this recipe. Thanks!

  3. That first photo strikes such a chord with me. Upon settling in British Columbia from Bessarabia (German Russia) in the early 20th century, my maternal grandfather's family began farming blueberries, and did so for several decades. Though my grandpa wasn't a farmer as an adult himself, he did help out at the family farms sometimes and my mom (and her siblings) spent many a summer picking blueberries for pocket money when she was growing up. Though I never got a chance to work on, or visit, the farms myself (I believe they were sold before I came along), I still feel strong personal ties to them from my relatives and their fond memories of life as blueberry growers.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Going to get that yummy recipe, sod the diet LOL

    Mollie and Alfie


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