I love receiving homemade gifts any time of year, but most especially on Mother’s Day.  We are a family of traditions and one that I adore is having the kids serve me breakfast they made themselves. When they were little, Daddy helped of course; but as they got older they wanted to take on more of the responsibility.  I’ve been served everything from toast with jam to chocolate covered strawberries. I know my daughters would love whipping up this simple Blueberry loaf recipe from celeb chef Zipora Einav for me. Baked goods make a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Blueberry Loaf - a perfect homemade Mother’s Day gift:

Blueberry Loaf #recipe by chef Zipora

Meet Chef Zipora:

Chef Zipora #author

Chef Zipora Einav is an accomplished private chef who has cooked for some of Hollywood’s most notable celebrities - Bob Hope, Jack Nicholson, Mariah Carey, Pierce Brosnan, Scarlett Johansson - and for professional athletes, including former National Football League star Donovan McNabb. She is the author of Recipe for a Delicious Life, which includes recipes, a classical music CD titled Music for a Delicious Life, and her anecdotes and adventures while traveling the world as a private chef. 

While we may not be a celebrity, Chef Zipora wants to help us all discover health, harmony, and joy with food and music, that’s why she wrote her book A Recipe for a delicious life and shared one of her favorite family recipes with us.  She wants us to have fun in the kitchen, get our kids and family involved in making healthy meals. What better time to start a lifelong love of cooking than on a special day like Mother’s Day? 

“Giving mom a nice day by preparing a tasty recipe, and the kids having fun doing it, is a great gift for both the children and mother,” says Zipora Einav, author of Recipe for a Delicious Life. “It may even mark the beginning of an interest in cooking, along with all the benefits of learning to eat healthy and do things for others."

“It’s helpful to their self-sufficiency and self-confidence. They’ll become well-versed in how to help their future family eat healthy and have fun making meals together because the heart of a family is in the kitchen. And a lot of families are so busy these days; they don’t spend enough time in there together or at the kitchen table.”

The Kelly Family’s Blueberry Loaf Recipe: 

Ingredients - cake:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon peel
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries

Ingredients - lemon glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8½-inch x 4-inch bread pan with olive oil. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking powder.

In another bowl, combine the sugar and lemon peel. Rub together with your fingers until the mixture feels like sand. Then add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

In a second bowl, combine the buttermilk, coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well and then slowly add to the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the fresh blueberries, and don’t overmix.

Pour the mixture into the bread pan. Bake 65-70 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then remove the cake from the loaf and continue to cool.

To make the lemon glaze: In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Spread onto the cooled blueberry loaf.

Blueberry loaf by chef Zipora #recipe #MothersDay

Doesn’t this recipe look and sound amazing? I hope to taste this Blueberry loaf myself very soon! I hope you’ll have a chance to make this recipe for your Mom or forward it to your family as a “hint” that you would enjoy receiving this for Mother’s Day as well.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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