Saturday, June 27, 2009

lemon blueberry yogurt bread

I've made this bread more times than I can count, and it consistently comes out well. With blueberries appearing at our farmers markets, I think this is wonderful recipe for them! Of course you could also use raspberries or blackberries, or even chopped up strawberries.

Recently I made this bread for a fantastic event supporting One of a Kind Pet Rescue. We are lucky enough to have rescued two adorable dogs from them, Leo and Vinnie, and I am now a part of their fundraising committee. It feels great to be a part of something that helps the animals we love so much!

The fundraiser was held at Sarah's Vineyard (we will definitely be back there again soon- it's beautiful!), and all of the committee members helped to make sandwiches, snacks, and treats for the dessert table. It was a successful event and raised quite a bit of money for the animals! Congratulations to the OOAKPR team!

Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf
Adapted from Ina Garten

1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed (miniature wild blueberries are great for this, and pose the least risk of sinking)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there Nicole! Your bread was terrific and so are you! Things went so smoothly in the kitchen area with you and Nancy - both of you were wonderful. Thank you so much for joining our committee, you were a God-send. Bobbi