Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread

I made this bread quite a while ago, but am backed up on recipes to share.  I actually made it twice, because I messed up the drizzle glaze the first time (pic below).  It still tasted good though!!  The first time I made it, I brought it to a potluck and hardly got any, so I had to make it again.

This is more of a cake, and it's perfect for summer with the use of lemons and blueberries.  However, fresh blueberries are reserved for just eating out of hand at our house, if we can get them, so I used frozen in this recipe and did not thaw them first (they'd bleed terribly into the batter if you did). 
Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread
adapted from Portuguese Girl Cooks

1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz/235g) all purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon for blueberries
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or slightly less table salt)
1/2 cup (4oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (6oz/ 185g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
3 large eggs
1/2 cup (4fl oz/125ml) milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (4oz/125g) fresh or frozen blueberries

For the Syrup:
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Glaze:
1/2 cup (2oz/60g) confectioners sugar
about 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and adjust rack to the middle position. Butter and flour a 8-by-4-inch loaf pan.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar, butter, and lemon zest on medium-high speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, until each one is incorporated. Add in the milk and vanilla extract, and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just incorporated.

4. In a small bowl, toss clean blueberries with the 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

5. Bake until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 to 55 minutes. (this will depend on the size of your loaf pan). Allow bread to cool in pan for a few minutes then turn onto cooling rack.

6. While the bread is baking, make the lemon syrup. In a small saucepan, measure lemon juice and sugar, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, until all the sugar is dissolved and the syrup has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes.

7. Using a skewer, poke the top of the bread all over. Make a lot of holes; you want all the syrup to go into the bread so it will be nice and moist. Brush the bread generously with the lemon syrup. Allow the bread to cool completely, about 2 to 3 hours.

8. To make the glaze: In a small bowl, mix the confectioners sugar and lemon juice, and whisk to combine. Add more or less lemon juice or sugar to get a drizzle-able consistency.  When bread is completely cool, drizzle the top with the glaze.
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Rochelle Ramos said...

Beautiful bread! I love how moist it looks in the middle. I'll have to get some blueberries so I can make some of my own!

What a Dish! said...

Thank you!