This blueberry oatmeal bread recipe says to add 2/3 cup dried blueberries to the bread machine at add-in time. When I just dump them in on top of the dough, they end up clustered at the bottom of the loaf, as shown:

right-side-up loaf loaf turned on its side

(How) can I get them to be evenly distributed?


As bob1 suggested, I tried adding the dried blueberries at the very start. That worked. The blueberries were evenly distributed and none the worse for the earlier inclusion.

bread with distributed blueberries


You can add them at the start of the mixing process to help distribute them evenly. You may find that soaking them for a few minutes in warm water to re-hydrate will help the berries mix more evenly if adding at the add-in-time.

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  • Thanks, I'll give it a try. – Ellen Spertus Jan 5 '19 at 20:17

According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, you can spread half the batter, add the berries, and top with the second half of the batter. But, I usually coat the blueberries in flour. It prevents them from sinking and from "bleeding blueberry juice" into your loaf. That's what works for me.

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    Dies the floor make any difference for dried berries? I know the trick for raw or frozen ones. – rumtscho Jan 5 '19 at 9:08
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    Thanks, but this seems more suited to batter than to dough made in a bread machine. – Ellen Spertus Jan 5 '19 at 20:19
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    Try the floured berry trick, Ellen. It may help suspend them in the batter - even in a bread machine. (I will confess that I don't own a bread machine, so no way for me to test it by that method.) – elbrant Jan 6 '19 at 6:12

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