Mom Knows Best : Lemon Blueberry Bread

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This pretty looking bread tastes so good



  The first time I saw a picture of lemon blueberry bread, I just knew that I had to make a loaf. The colors of this sweet loaf were just so pretty and I just knew that lemons and blueberries would taste so great together. I love the taste of blueberries in pancakes and muffins. I also loved lemon cookies and bars so I just had to find out how the sour flavor of lemons would combine with sweet blueberries. That was several months ago when I decided to make lemon blueberry bread. I have bought blueberries several times since then but my youngest son loves blueberries and eats up a whole pint in a day so I never got a chance to make the bread. The other day I was at the dollar store and discovered frozen blueberries in their freezer section. My son and I loaded up the cart with ten packages, let's just say I bought them all so I would have some to make this sweet bread. I, of course, then went to the grocery store to buy fresh lemons so I could make the lemon blueberry bread before my son ate all the blueberries. I am so glad that I made this lemon blueberry bread. It has a texture of pound cake and a flavor that is so good. The tart lemons and sweet blueberries combine so well together to give a nice sweet flavor. My family just loves this bread and I will be making this again.



  I love using fresh lemons in my baking as the flavor is so much better than the stuff in the bottle. I find that using a lemon squeezer gets more juice out of the lemons than if I use my hands. The lemon squeezer is also less messy so the juice stays off my hands. Last time I used my hands to squeeze the juice out, I got a bad rash that took a long time to heal. Funny that I can eat lemons but all citrus fruits do a number on my hands if I touch the juice. So this time around, just to be safe, I put on gloves when I sliced my lemons. Qualitools makes a nice lemon squeezer that is stainless steel and allows me to squeeze the lemon without getting the juice on my hands. It not only looks good but it is durable and I can put it into the dishwasher and not worry about it rusting. My 8-year-old son loves helping me in the kitchen so I let him squeeze the lemons. I did catch him eating my blueberries, though. I think he likes helping me so he can lick the spoon.



  This cool looking lemon squeezer is available on Amazon and is so useful beyond making lemon blueberry bread. I find myself using it for fish, vegetables, tea, water, and so much more. So I keep it in my utensil jar. I just tell the kids, after they use it to just rinse it off so it is ready to use again. I also keep a stash of lemons in my fridge.


    When I bake I also use Pure Vanilla Extract for the best flavor. The best vanilla comes from high-quality Bourbon vanilla beans as it offers a deep, rich, natural flavor. Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract uses a percolation process that produces a superior vanilla extract containing one of the highest vanillin levels. To me, that means baked goods with a delicious flavor. 


                             Lemon Blueberry Bread

                                           Ingredients
                                                     1 & 1/2 cups flour
                                                     1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                     1 teaspoon salt
                                                     1/4 cup butter, melted
                                                     3/4 cup sugar
                                                     2 eggs
                                                     1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                     2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
                                                     1/2 cup milk
                                                     1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
                                                     1 tablespoons flour

                                         Lemon glaze
                                                     2 tablespoons butter, melted
                                                     1/2 cup powdered sugar
                                                     2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
                                                     1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

     Directions

       Preheat oven to 350*F and lightly grease a 9"x 5" loaf pan, I prefer using a glass pan for best results.
1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
2. Blend together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Mix until well combined.
3. Slowly mix in the flour mixture and milk until combined.
4. In a small bowl toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. This flour coating will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of your loaf while baking.
5. Gently fold the flour coated berries to the batter.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
 7. Cool bread in the pan for about 30 minutes and then remove from pan. While bread is cooling you can make the lemon glaze.
Directions for lemon glaze
Combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a bowl, then pour glaze over the loaf.  Allow to set a few minutes, then enjoy!


"These opinions are my own and I received a lemon squeezer from Qualitools and vanilla extract from Rodelle to facilitate this post."

15 comments:

  1. After my husband "he-man" decided to brake my lemon squeezer, he's not allowed to touch the new one! He's the ONLY person I know that could brake a steel lemon squeezer!

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    1. I mean he literally broke the handle clean off, not the whole top and in half style.

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    2. Do you have a preference as to the kind of butter to use?

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    3. I don't have a preference of a brand of butter, it just has to be real butter.

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  2. Lemon and blueberry on a bread were a nutritious breakfast that kids would love to eat. We can do experiment on snacks and desserts that are made up of fruits and veggies that kids will surely eat.

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  3. Looks tasty! I bet it is wonderful with a cup of coffee or tea.

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  4. Omg! absolutely looks delicious and looks a comfort food for me, I really want to try this at home. Glad that you share this

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  5. This looks so amazing! I love lemons and blueberries so I know I'd be happy with this.

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  6. Lemons and blueberries go together oh so nicely, don't they! I'd love to try this breead!

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  7. That looks amazing! I' m sure it tastes just as good. I'm definiely keeping the recipe.

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  8. Yum! That looks so good. And I love the paring of blueberry and lemons. 2 of my favorite flavors.

    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

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  9. This looks so tasty! My daughter loves to cook with me and I know she would love this bread. I will have to give it a go and let you know how it turns out!

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  10. Oh my god this lemon blueberry bread looks incredible and I am a fan of the two flavors together! Delicious x

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  11. Omg! Absolutely looks delicious and I want to try this on my own version, Thanks for sharing this with us

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