There’s something so magical and satisfying about a baked bread with fruit. Especially berries. If you have good, sweet ones, they pop in your mouth and release all of their sweet juiciness! It’s quite lovely.
Baked breads are also good because they teach you patience. I was cleaning the kitchen and could smell the delicious aroma filling the room. . this baby has to bake for close to an hour so I had to keep myself busy. But let me tell you. It’s all worth it. I absolutely loved this bread. The lemon + the blueberries is absolutely the right combination. I’ll give you an even sweeter option down below on how to dress this bread with a glaze or frosting; if you’re into that. But for me, with this one, because it’s so delicious on it’s own; I ate it plain and I did try one piece with some confectioners’ sugar dusted on top. Glorious.
My only tip: splurge on the organic berries and try to get sweet ones. You might need to grab a couple more cartons of berries because after you eat this bread, you will want more. . and the kids will too. I hope you enjoy!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon (overflowing tablespoon) grated lemon zest
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar) to dust on top (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and place your oven rack in the center. Butter or spray (with a non-stick cooking spray) the bottom and sides of the loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inch).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Remove 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture for the blueberries. Place the blueberries in a separate bowl and toss the berries with the 1 tablespoon flour (this helps prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the pan during baking and helps to maintain their shape.)
- In the bowl of your electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until softened (for about 1 minute). Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and add in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions) alternating, starting and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries by hand using a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 55 to 60 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from the Joy of Baking. If you’re feeling completely indulgent, you can try adding my Lemon Glaze Frosting. It’s definitely for lemon lovers.
Twelve Loaves for April!
It’s all about BERRIES! Bake a bread, yeast or quick bread, loaf or individual. This #TwelveLoaves is all about incredible breads with berries featured in April. Do you have a favorite berry bread? We would love to see it. Let’s get baking!
Look at what our very talented #TwelveLoaves bakers have created this April! Be sure to check out all of the fabulous recipes!
- Yoghurt Scones With Cranberries by Rossella at Ma che ti sei mangiato
- Raspberry Quick Bread by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Mixed Berry Bread by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Raspberry Danish by Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Strawberry Cinnamon Swirl Bread by Paula at Vintage Kitchen
- Berry Oatmeal Muffins by Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking
- Strawberry Monkey Bread by Lora at Cake Duchess
- Berry Breakfast Bread by Dionne at Try Anything Once
- Strawberry Scones by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Do you enjoy baking bread? We would love to have you join our #TwelveLoaves group. It’s easy!
1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyoneís posts. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this April, 2013 posted on your blog by April 30, 2013.
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