Blueberry Lemon Loaf
by Stella Zedman
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Light and lemony, this delicious loaf makes the perfect companion to a tall glass of iced tea or a steaming mug of tea. Use fresh blueberries when they're in season, or frozen ones anytime of year.
- 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all purpose flour
- 2-1/2 tsp. (7 mL) baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt
- 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 lemon (peel grated, juice squeezed)
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
- 1 cup 250 (mL) blueberries, fresh or frozen (don't thaw if using frozen)
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
- juice from one lemon (above)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degree F (180 degree C). Grease a 9 x 5-inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan.
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, the baking powder and the salt.
- In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the sugar and the butter for a few minutes until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Beat in the grated lemon peel. Add the flour mixture in two or three portions, alternately with the milk, beating just until the batter is smooth. Quickly fold in the blueberries, just until they're evenly distributed. If you're using frozen berries, the batter will turn blue -- don't panic, it will look fine when it's baked.
- Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean. Leave it in the pan while you prepare the lemon syrup.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the 1/4 cup (50 mL) of granulated sugar with the lemon juice. Microwave on high power for 30 to 45 seconds -- just until the mixture boils. Remove from microwave and give it a stir. With a toothpick, poke holes all over the top of the Blueberry Loaf. Using a wide pastry brush, brush the top of the hot loaf with the hot syrup. Let cool for at least 30 minutes in the pan, then remove to a rack and cool completely.
How kids can help
Stir together the dry ingredients.
Older children (10 and up) can use electric mixer (with adult supervision) to help beat the batter.
Spread batter in prepared pan.
Brush baked loaf with lemon syrup.