Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To Try Tuesday - Lemon-Blueberry Loaf Cake




I apologize that I am a little late with my To Try Tuesday post.  It seems that my To Try for today ended up being to "To Try" and fix my phone.  Here's a little tip for everyone, back up your phone before you do any upgrades.  I did manage to get my contacts back and my apps, but I did lose a lot of other data.

Anyway, I was determined to brighten my day by baking something.  Just the rhythm of creaming the butter and sugar, spooning it into the pan, and then the delicious smell that fills the kitchen as the goodies bake just puts me in a good mood.





I was really in the mood for something lemon-y, so I went through my files and found a recipe for a Lemon Blueberry Loaf Cake I had saved from Anna at Cookie Madness.  It looked quick and easy, and also delicious.  I wanted to make the lemon flavor more pronounced so I followed Anna's recommendation and added more zest, and it was just right.  I also added a whole cup of blueberries. Time was short so instead of making the glaze I just sprinkled some raw sugar over the top to give it some crunch.  Although I did like the crunchy sugar topping I think that next time I will make the glaze.





Lemon-Blueberry Loaf Cake
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Ingredients
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 stick (4 oz) butter, cool room temperature
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 ½ teaspoons lemon zest (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup sour cream, room temperature
2 tablespoons raw sugar (optional)

Glaze -
2 teaspoons butter
½ cup sifted powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation
  1. Put the berries in the freezer for about 30 minutes to freeze – this will help keep them from staining the batter.
  2. Preheat oven at 325°F. 
  3. Spray a loaf pan with flour added cooking spray.
  4. In a stand mixer with the paddle attached, cream the butter and salt. 
  5. Slowly add the sugar and continue beating for another 3-4 minutes. 
  6. Add the eggs one at a time letting the mixer go for 30 seconds after each egg. Scrape sides of bowl often. 
  7. Add the lemon extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. 
  8. Scrape sides of bowl and add baking soda. Stir well. 
  9. Add all but a couple of teaspoons of flour and sour cream alternately to batter, stirring until blended. Remove bowl from the stand, toss the frozen blueberries in the remaining two teaspoons of flour, then stir into the batter.
  10. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. 
  11. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  12. Bake the cake for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake is clean.
  13. Set the cake on a rack to cool for about 10 minutes. 
  14. Turn the cake from the pan and let cool completely. 
  15.  Make the glaze. Melt the butter in a bowl, add the sugar and stir until it looks pasty and moist. Add one tablespoon of the lemon juice and stir until smooth. If you need more lemon juice then add the rest. 
  16. Drizzle over the cake.
Recipe by Cookie Madness 

 

33 comments:

  1. Look at all the blueberries in a slice! Love lemon and blueberry treats and I would definitely enjoy this with tea, hot for now and later with iced tea.

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  2. Oh Yum!, This would be perfect for my breakfast. I love lemon. Your Lemon Blueberry cake is lovely.

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  3. I love lemon and blueberry together! Perfect looking loaf cake!

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  4. That looks so amazing! I love blueberry an lemon together it is heavenly!

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  5. Oooh blueberry and lemon are my favorite combo! So simple and so delish. :)

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  6. Love anything with blueberries! This looks delicious. I could probably eat the entire loaf!

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  7. Isn't that the cutest and yummiest thing!

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  8. Oh yum!! Love the combo of lemon and blueberry!

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  9. This looks so delightful! I'm going to have to try it soon.

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  10. Looks great! I love big slices like the ones in your pictures :) I've been on a lemon kick lately and this sounds like a good recipe to add to my to do list. Great job!

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  11. Heaven on a plate with these slices of blueberry lemon bliss. I LOVE your photo with the porcelain. Bet there were not even any crumbs left! ;-)

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  12. What a beautiful loaf cake. I absolutely love the combination of lemon and blueberries. :)

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  13. Lemon and blueberries are such a wonderful combination! Your cake looks delicious and moist and would be fantastic right now to enjoy with my cup of coffee. I'm definitely bookmarking this one. :o)

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  14. Lemon and blueberry is such a great flavor combination, this must be wonderful!

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  15. I hope getting your phone working, wasn't as big of a headache as getting my blog back up. Wish I had a piece right now, sniff, sniff.
    -Gina-

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  16. Oooooh this looks SO good. Almost like pound cake - so dense and moist - and I just love the blueberries in it. I also love your tip about freezing the berries first to prevent staining!

    So sorry about your phone trouble - cell phones can be frustrating enough to throw out the window!!

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  17. Oh wow, this is just beautiful and looks DELICIOUS!

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  18. Baking always brightens my day, especially when it involves lemon. The citrus flavor always makes me think of warmth and sunshine. What a fantastic recipe!

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  19. I love lemon and blueberry together. This looks delicious!!

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  20. What a delicious loaf cake...love the lemon/blueberry combination...mmmmm.

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  21. I though I left you a comment already on this! Weird. Lemon and blueberry is a scrumptious combo! I love the picture with the teapot. Sorry about your phone - baking always cheers me up too!

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  22. This bread looks so delicious! What a great combination of flavors with the blueberry and lemon! It is beautiful as well the pale yellow bread studded with the purplish berries! Yum!

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  23. You just can't go wrong with lemon and blueberries!! EVER!

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  24. Great flavors and beautiful picture!

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  25. I'm all about lemon right now, and this one mixed with the blueberries would be my husband's first choice (he is an anything blueberry lover!).
    Bummer about the phone, I lost everything one time, and have been pretty good about backing up, but I'm going to check and make sure the backups have been going on. Good reminder!

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  26. I love blueberries and live in an area where they are an important summer crop. I love your recipe and plan to give it a try. This is mt first visit to your site so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really love the food and recipes you feature her and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Looks delicious! Lemon and blueberries are a simply sublime combo. I have a lemon blueberry pound cake recipe that is to die for but I always feel guilty eating it ... this one might be a little more doable.

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  28. Also, just to say how much I love your blog. Some awards coming your way. Please feel free to ignore if you have them already: I see some. It's so hard all of this part!
    Cheers,
    http://madaboutmacarons.com/archives/2338

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  29. I'm all about lemon right now! This looks amazing!

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  30. Lemon and blueberry is such a great combination and I am all for extra lemon ;-) This cake looks really delicious.

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  31. Lemon and blueberry are a divine match. This cake looks so yummy.

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  32. Love any dessert with blueberries! This loaf looks incredible! :)

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