Yum Peaceful Cooking: Lemon Blueberry Bread

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lemon Blueberry Bread

What is it about the combination of lemon and blueberry? They blend so well together that its not even a matter of two flavors.....they become one.

And the lemon said to the blueberry (said in her beshht Shid voishe from Ice Age) "You complete me"

This baffles me because lemons are sour and blueberries are tart.....and some how when these combine, they defy logic and become sweet.

I wonder what the tastebud scientists have to say about that.....

I've started reading a book about sweets and tastebuds and how different people taste things differently. I still haven't figured out if I'm a taster or a super taster. The next chapter should be interesting though. It's about the "Myth of a Refined Palate". (this should make me feel soooo much better about myself. I mean, it's not my fault that my tastebuds don't work the same way as those pretentious so-and-so's who live off the fact they can define each and every spice and herb in a dish, no matter how well hidden.) Oh but hey....if you can do that....(as long as you aren't pretentious about it) I have nothing against you! Seriously, we're cool. Don't take me too seriously and get all butt hurt about that statement. Chill

Maybe I should shut up now? (I'm probably just super jealous and would rather not admit that)

I was planning on making some blueberry banana bread that I saw but when I got home, I had discovered that my daughter had cleaned the kitchen (yeah!!!!) and tossed the extra ripe bananas (boo!!!!). And here I had these blueberries who were begging to be appreciated. Thats when I decided to thumb through a free cookbook I was handed some time ago, at Costco. In the dessert section I came across a recipe for Lemon Bread. Then I remembered a Lemon Blueberry Buckle I had made a year ago and knew instantly that this Lemon Bread needed an attitude adjustment.

Toss out the poppy seeds.
Toss out the walnuts

Bring in blueberries!

Lemon Blueberry Bread
1 1/2 cups a.p. flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 oz blueberries
Zest from one lemon
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 350'F

Grease and flour a 9x5" loaf pan. I had once read somewhere that you could use powdered sugar instead of flour in this step, for desserts. I tried it. I don't recommend it. It didn't really work. The bottom of my little loaf was a mess.

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, eggs and granulated sugar until nice and fluffy. Add half of the milk and mix, then add half of the flour mixture and mix....then add the remaining milk, mix. And finally add the remaining flour mixture, and mix.

Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest

Pour your luscious batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until you get the clean toothpick test.

Let the bread cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.

Now....take a toothpick and poke the loaf all over the place

Mix together the lemon juice and the powdered sugar to make a glaze and pour the glaze all over the warm bread....

Look at that glistening loaf

If you have another lemon handy, make some decorative zest for a nice little garnish

Let me tell you.....this is one crumbly, moist, zesty, tangy and sticky loaf of bread! 

I can't wait to have some tomorrow with my morning coffee.

And one last thing....less then 24 hours left to enter in my Le Creuset Giveaway! If you haven't entered, you can check out this post: Pomegranate Sorbet and Le Creuset There's still time :)

Printable Version: Lemon Blueberry Bread


  1. this is mean... can't just look at the picture on my screen... I want a whole loaf... pleasssssssssssse!

  2. Gorgeous bread--I love the pairing of lemon and blueberry too! ;-)

  3. Oh this is one of my fav combo flavors too. I have never poked the holes in the top and added a syrup tho, I like that, I'll try it next time.

  4. Yes, those two flavors make a great marriage and you know how to make a great blueberry lemon loaf.

  5. It looks great and I don't even like blueberries. ;)

  6. Lemon bring out the best in everything. This look fantastic I can't wait to try it out!

  7. from your description, I can taste the combination. What a great post and I love that toothpick to get the liquid inside trick

  8. I've never tried blueberry and lemon together but I don't know why, it just had not occurred to me. It looks wonderful in your bread.

  9. I agree, the pairing of lemon and blueberry is amazing and your bread looks divine.

  10. I love lemon on everything! Awesome bread... Hurry, pass me a slice!

  11. Lemon and blueberry is a match made in heaven! This is beautiful!

  12. I don't know what it is about lemon and blueberries either but they are like a match made in heaven.

    I wish I had a super refined palate as well. It would make me sound so cool at restaurants if I could just list all the ingredients in a dish upon tasting it. I guess I could just do that anyway and make things up. i'm sure my friends couldn't tell the difference.

  13. Lemon and blueberry, how come I never thought of this combination? I love everything that contains blueberry and everything that contains lemon, what a perfect match :-)

  14. Gorgeous sweet bread! Love lemon at this time of year!

  15. Love the lemon and blueberry combo, especially in a moist bread like this.

  16. Wow, your bread looks really delicious. I love lemon and blueberries together! The loaf looks really moist and wonderful.

  17. Okay am I the only weird one that could totally just eat the blueberries with the zest alone. MMMMM.

  18. i don't often get excited about lemony things, but this looks amazing! the glaze is the kicker--i can't resist a moist, sweet top. :)

  19. How much blueberries did you use? I'm guessing around 1.5 cups?

  20. Kitty....oh shoot! Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention (just fixed it). I added about 6 oz of blueberries.

  21. I just made it using your recipe, but I used 1 1/4 cups so it might have been a little too much. 6 oz = 3/4 cups so I'll try that next time. Also, I found the bread to be quite sour. Is that how it is supposed to taste?

  22. Hi Kitty....I do remember it being tart! Very lemony. If it's too much for you, just omit the glaze next time :)

  23. I omitted the walnuts, added two cups of blueberries, and the zest of three lemons. This came out more like a cake. Very good!


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