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lemon blueberry loaf (secret recipe club)

November 28th, 2011 · 23 Comments

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I have a confession to make: I did not make this bread. I had to commission my mom to do it for me. When I was assigned to Kate’s blog I was *super* excited. Kate has tons of amazing looking recipes with beautiful pictures and I immediately selected a few that I wanted to try. My intention was to prepare these recipes for a baby shower that I was hosting this weekend. Then I got *super* sick on Friday morning and ended up in the ER on Saturday for extreme dehydration. The doctors loaded me up on fluids and meds and told me to go home and rest. No baby shower. No cooking. No Food Babbles blog recipe. I was bummed. Not wanting to leave Kate orphaned, I texted my mom and asked her to do the baking honors for me. She agreed and then came over today to drop off this gorgeous Lemon Blueberry Loaf for me to taste and share with you! Three cheers to mom for helping me ensure that my Secret Recipe Club post came together just in time for the big reveal on Monday!

My mom told me that the only significant recipe alteration she made was to cook all the batter in a large loaf pan and bake it for 20 additional minutes. I have noted this change in the recipe below. Other than that, the recipe was perfect the way that it was!

lemon blueberry loaf (secret recipe club)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 large loaf, enough to serve 8

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (we used sour cream by necessity - no problems there!)
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups of blueberries (smaller ones are better in this case as they pose less risk of sinking)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch bread pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and then grease and flour the parchment.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
  4. Toss the blueberries with a tablespoon of flour. Then fold them into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
  7. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Carefully transfer to a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, brush the lemon-sugar mixture generously over the cake using a pastry brush and allow it to soak in. Cool completely.
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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jenn // Nov 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Stopping by from SRC…this looks sooo delicious. Lemon and blueberry are a favorite combination. I can’t wait to try it!

  • 2 Jocelyn // Nov 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Hooray for you mom filling in for you! Hope you are feeling better now!!! This bread has two of my favorite flavors…pinning this for the next time I need a summer fix:-)

  • 3 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet // Nov 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Wow…that bread looks fantastic! I hope you’re feeling much better!!

    Heather – Farmgirl Gourmet
    SRC Group D

  • 4 Tami // Nov 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Hope you’re feeling better! Your Mom is a gem for helping you out. She made a beautiful berry loaf. I bet is was scrumptious!

  • 5 sara // Nov 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Gorgeous loaf! I really love quick breads…so much easier than doing separate muffins, and so pretty! :)

  • 6 Erin // Nov 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Super good looking! I’ve always meant to make a loaf like this but I always put it off for some terrible reason.

  • 7 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 // Nov 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    So sorry about your trip to the ER. Hopefully you’re feeling better now. What a great mom you have to make this up for you. It looks so good. I love that combination of flavors.

  • 8 savannah // Nov 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    So sorry you were sick. At least it waited until after the gorge fest, I mean Thanksgiving. You are lucky to have such a great Mom!

  • 9 Michelle // Nov 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Just checked your blog today, expecting to not see a new post, of course I was wrong… you crazy girl! Right from the ER to your computer I see!:)

  • 10 Kelley @ The Culinary Enthusiast // Nov 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Mom to the rescue! Hope you’re feeling better. I have some blueberries in the freezer still from picking over the summer. This looks like a good way to use them up!

  • 11 Kate @ Food Babbles // Nov 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Oh my goodness Paula! You are a trooper!! I do appreciate you not orphaning me and kudos to Mom for filling in for you. She did a lovely job. I’m so sorry to hear that you were so sick. I’m glad you enjoyed this lemon blueberry loaf and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Such a nice job. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • 12 Christine // Nov 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    This loaf looks fabulous! I’ve found so many recipes I want to try this SRC – this one included!

  • 13 Rituparna // Nov 29, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Mom’s are such great life savers. Lucky you ! I hope you are doing better now, keep those fluids going.
    Now to that gorgeous bread. Those photographs make me want to reach in and grab a piece. Yum yum ….

  • 14 Karen // Nov 29, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Lovely loaf and looks so homely too….Came here through the SRC and so pleased to find you!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  • 15 Simply Tia // Nov 29, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I am saving this recipe to try soon. It looks so delectable.

  • 16 LeAnn // Nov 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Your Mom is so awesome. And this looks delicious!

  • 17 Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen // Nov 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love how the outside is so browned but the insides are so freshly white!

  • 18 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau // Nov 30, 2011 at 5:36 am

    This looks purely delightful! Blueberries and lemon make good bedfellows.

    Bummer that you were so sick :(

  • 19 Avril // Dec 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I am in love! I just love the looks and description of this lovely bread with two of my very favorite ingredients….lemon and blueberries…just gorgeous!

    Delighted to have met you via the SRC as I am also in Group D.

    Wishing you a lovely December!
    ~avril :-)

  • 20 Lindsay {Life and Kitchen} // Dec 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This looks delicious! Your mom is so nice to bake for you!

  • 21 nicole // Dec 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I had to pin this!

  • 22 natalie (the sweets life) // Dec 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    oh no! I’m so glad you’re feeling better!! this looks delish!

  • 23 Christine // Dec 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Hey Paula, your Loaf is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/918?source=blog

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