Friday, December 13, 2013
Day 1 Of "The 12 Days Of Christmas Music" & Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake
One of my favorite things about this time of year is Christmas music. As I get into the holiday spirit and prepare for Christmas, I love to put on the CD’s of my favorite Christmas tunes. There is nothing like hearing Christmas music to get you into the spirit of these wonderful holidays. So, my thoughts went to you, my readers, and wanted to share my favorite Christmas songs with you. I can imagine the CD’s playing and all of us singing along as we decorate the tree, or bake some cookies, or even as you write your holiday cards. So with that being said, my gift to you this year is what I like to call “The 12 Days of Christmas Music.” Everyday for the next 12 days I will post a Christmas song, and share a holiday treat, a homemade gift idea, or just a favorite recipe that I think may go with that song, all leading up to “Christmas Day.” This has been an incredible year! I have met many people, learned many new things, but most of all, I want to say thank you to my readers, as we prepare for the most joyous time of the year!
“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
I'll have a Blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me.
And the when those blue snowflakes start fallin'
That's when those blue memories start callin'
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.
Most people associate Blue Christmas with Elvis Presley, but the song had been around a decade before “the King” recorded it. Check out the story behind this rock-and-roll holiday classic…Blue Christmas is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The heart-broken tale of unrequited love during the holidays had long been considered a Christmas staple of country music. Elvis Presley effectively made Blue Christmas a steadfast rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it in his signature style in 1957. The song has since been recorded by a host of rock and country artists, as well as those of other genres. The song has been covered by artists such as Céline Dion, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin, and Andrea Bocelli. There have been more than 65 significant recorded versions. It has won 4 awards for wonderful song lyrics, meaning and tune. Elvis Presley’s famous recording of the song appeared on his 1957 LP, Elvis’ Christmas Album. Presley’s version was also released as a single for the first time in 1964.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, for another Christmas song and a delicious fun recipe!
“Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake”
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups blueberries, divided
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan with fixed bottom. In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup sugar and shortening at medium speed 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add egg; beat 1 minute or until fluffy.
In medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Beat into sugar mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon half of the batter into pan.
In medium bowl, stir together all Streusel ingredients except butter. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Top batter with 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries and half of the Streusel. With back of teaspoon, press berries and Streusel into batter. Repeat with remaining batter, blueberries and Streusel.
Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until wooden skewer inserted in center comes out with some moist crumbs attached and top is light golden brown. Cool on wire rack 20 minutes. Invert cake; remove pan. Turn cake top-side up. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
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