Pinterest Recipe Wins: Lemon Blueberry Loaf

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Lemon Blueberry Loaf

When life gives you lemons, make scones, and then make a lemon loaf! I had several lemons leftover from my juice cleanse a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been on the prowl for lemon-related recipes.

I really like the Starbucks Lemon Loaf. So I started my quest by looking for a copycat recipe. I came across this pin first, but after reading the recipe, I wasn’t convinced it would be a successful recipe. Based on my past cookie baking experience, the butter to sugar ratio seemed off, and the directions were also questionable. I decided to take this pin as a starting point and looked for other recipes on the web. I finally decided on this recipe from Rachael Ray. I’ve added a couple of my own ingredients to increase the nutritional value. This recipe can be made by hand or with an electric mixer.

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup of milk (whole or 2%)

Dry Ingredients

1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 tablespoon hemp hearts (optional)

1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup chopped dried coconut (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine butter and sugar until fluffy. This can be done by hand with a wooden spoon, or in a mixer with either a whisk or paddle attachment.Wet Ingredients

Once combined, add eggs one at a time.

Add vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, chia seeds and hemp hearts.

Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk in two parts, starting and ending with the flour.

In another bowl, toss blueberries with one tablespoon of flour. This will prevent the berries from sinking to the bottom during baking.Blueberries

Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. You can use your choice of grease, such as vegetable oil, butter or shortening. I decided to go with coconut oil.

Pour batter into the pan and smooth out the top.

Sprinkle coconut over top.Completed Batter

Bake for 60 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

Voilá! Lemon blueberry loaf!Finished Loaf

What are some of your favourite lemon recipes?

 

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