Friday, 6 April 2012

The Antidote to Too Much Chocolate - Lemon Drizzle Blueberry Loaf


There are - admittedly rare - times, normally around Christmas, Easter or a birthday, when I can sense chocolate overload descending. You know, when you simply cannot stomach the thought of another mouthful of chocolate, when it seems to cloy in your mouth rather than make you salivate in anticipation.


This lovely bright loaf is the perfect antidote. It's a perfect balance of sweetness and sharpness with the fresh blueberries and triple hit of lemon (with zest in the batter, a syrup infusion, and a light lemon icing glaze). Its general zinginess (it seems right but is that even a word?) seems to clense the palate, and if you're having visitors over Easter, and want a bake that will counteract the chocolate overload, then this is for you.


Ingredients (adapted from Williams-Sonoma Home Baked Comfort.)

225g plain flour
1 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn fine salt
125g softened unsalted butter
185g caster sugar
1 tbspn finely grated lemon zest
3 large eggs
125ml milk
1 tspn vanilla extract
125g fresh blueberries

For the syrup
3 tbspn fresh lemon juice
3 tbspn water

For the icing glaze
60g icing sugar
3 tspn fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 160 fan / 180 conventional. Grease and flour a 23 x 13 cm (5 x 9 inch)loaf pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest (best done in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one by one, beating until each is incorporated. Add the milk and vanilla, alternating in thirds with the flour mix, until it is just blended.

Batter before adding blueberries
In a small bowl, mix the blueberries with a little flour to ensure they are coated (this should help them stop sinking to the bottom of the cake - although, being honest, mine still managed to sink a bit!). Then gently fold into the batter.


Turn the batter into a prepared pan and then bake for about 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.


Make the syrup while the loaf is baking by heating the sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan, simmering for a couple of minutes to thicken it slightly. Pierce the sides and base of the loaf with a skewer, and then brush generously with the syrup.


Make the glaze by mixing the lemon juice with the icing sugar, and when the loaf is cool, drizzle over the top.

I am submitting this - as my first time entry - to this month's Alphabakes Challenge, which is organised by Ros from the More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline of Caroline Makes. The letter for this month is 'B', and as there are lots of luscious blueberries in this, I think it qualifies! As Ros is hosting this month's challenge, I look forward to catching up with all the other entries later this month on the More Than Occasional Baker.


This is an absolutely lovely bake and perfect as an afternoon treat with a steaming hot cup of tea.

Hope you have a fantastic Easter,

Susie

16 comments:

  1. This looks like the ideal antedote to chocolate, it looks so deliciously moist and the drizzle looks perfect!

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    1. Thanks Laura, it is very moist and a lovely change from chocolate. Happy Easter :)

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  2. This cake looks perfect. As crazy as it sounds I'd probably pass over a chocolate cake for a mean lemon drizzle, especially if blueberries are involved! Zinginess should definitely be a word too.

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    1. Yep, there's definitely something about a mean lemon cake! It must be the zinginess! ;)

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  3. Thanks for entering this beautiful loaf to AlphaBakes. I love lemon and blueberry and yours looks so moist and delicious I wish I could have a slice now :)

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    1. Thanks, glad you like it. The fruit does make it really moist. Will definitely make again! :)

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  4. Awesome! Looks perfect & so moist! Love the glaze drizzle, lovely! :)

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  5. Now this is more my speed!

    I don't eat a lot of chocolate, but I do love my fruit.

    Happy Easter

    Charlie

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    1. Hi Charlie,

      Glad you like it. Happy Easter to you, too!

      :)

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  6. It's morning here and I need a slice of that ASAP!!

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  7. Looks fantastic, and great for either breakfast or afternoon snack!

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    1. Hi Angie, yes would be lovely for breakfast. Oooh, now there's a thought, French Toast? :)

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  8. Ooh, love lemon drizzle, love blueberries so this is on my to do list for definite!

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