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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Tea Bread

The citrus crop here in Arizona has been really fantastic this year. It has been fun creating new recipes that feature oranges and lemons. I had received a lemon tea bread recipe years ago from a friend and made it my own by the addition of blueberries and the icing. My family LOVES this bread.

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Keep reading for the delicious recipe.

Now that I am going to the local farmers market every Saturday for fresh produce I have made a few new friends. Otto is a German immigrant who now grows organic citrus here in Arizona. We love to talk about Germany (We both miss it!) and our dachshunds. He has three wiener dogs. I told him I am stopping at two. :) I take turns taking either Franz or Rudi with me and he always has to come out from behind his booth and give them a pet.

This last week Otto’s citrus was particularly good. I told him just to bag up his favorites. The Meyer lemons were just beautiful.

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Here is the recipe

(I used all organic ingredients as my family and I are now trying to eat cleaner and healthier. But you can of course use non organic ingredients.)

1/2 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 cup of milk

The rind of one lemon

1 cup of blueberries (I used fresh.)

For the icing:

The juice of one lemon

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Beat softened butter in or with a mixer until creamy. Gradually add in the sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla until just blended.

Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with milk at low speed until just blended. Stir in the lemon rind.

Spoon the batter into the pan and bake for one hour or until a wooden tooth pick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for ten minutes and then remove loaf from pan and let cool completely.

Stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the top of the loaf evenly. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the icing.

The bread can be enjoyed at tea time, as a dessert or decadent breakfast.

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Let me know if you try it.

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest,Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Today’s Creative Blog, Foodie Friday

13 comments :

Blackberry Lane said...

Thank you for the recipe, Laura. Many years ago, a co-worker of John's let us pick as many fresh blueberries as we wanted. I tried a recipe similar to this one and we loved it! Wishing you a nice day.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Maybe I will try it today. I have so many lemons. I need to change it to gluten-free so my daughter can eat it. I let you know if it works.

Christine said...

You got me at Lemon and then again with Blueberry!
I can mentally taste it now. Oh, this is a winner.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

YUM!! Going to pin this!!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Yummy! I would love to get fresh looking produce like that this time of year!

Lorrie said...

It looks delectable, Laura. Love lemon loaf and the addition of blueberries would be great.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How utterly delicious!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, my goodness, this looks so good and sounds so good! I have some frozen blueberries in the freezer and some lemons on my lemon tree! Thank you for the recipe.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barbara F. said...

Looks luscious, Laura, I want a piece of that cake right now! I also love doxies. Do not own one, yet! xo

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

I think it's great that you're shopping at the Farmer's Market; it's a good way to make new friends and you get much better food there.

This sweet bread looks delicious and PRETTY. I love anything lemon, and I love blueberries, too. Blueberries taste great, look pretty, and are really good for us -- what's not to love? :)

Thanks for sharing with us, Laura; I'm heading off to Pin the recipe.

Hugs to you,

Denise at Forest Manor

Dawna Motz said...

Looks yummy and I love the yellow with your blue dishes and napkin...pour a cuppa tea for me!!

Karena Albert said...

Looks delish Laura. I have been having blueberries with my Greek yogurt!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Sarah said...

I'm a fan of lemons and blueberries. This sounds like a winner!