Not only do I have this great recipe for you all today, but I also have something new here on the blog… up in the menu bar you’ll see a new section there titled Visual Recipe Index. Now you can see all of my recipes, by category… for those of us who like to see a picture of the food 🙂
Confession time… I don’t actually bake with blueberries very often. Although, I really don’t know why… because I sure do love their flavor. I think I usually get caught up in other flavors and forget about blueberries. Or maybe it’s because in my house, blueberries get practically inhaled by my kids. Seriously you guys… my daughter and son could put away an entire pint of blueberries each! I mean, I love that they LOVE fruit… of all kinds… but man it can be expensive to buy so many blueberries, especially in the off-season months!
So a little while back we had some extra blueberries in the fridge and I came across a recipe on pinterest that just made me drool at the very thought of it… a blueberry lemon bread 🙂 What a great flavor combination. I added a bit of almond flavor to it as well, partially because I’m obsessed with almonds, and also because I thought it would go well together!
Tip: Toss the blueberries in a couple tablespoons of flour before adding them, this will help keep the blueberries from all sinking to the bottom of the bread
To make the process of removing the cooked bread from the pan a lot easier, I lined my loaf pan with parchment paper, so I could just lift it right out 🙂 The only problem with that is that my pre-cut parchment paper wasn’t big enough to fold the extra over the sides, so they weren’t exactly smooth. But after one bite… I sure didn’t care that the sides weren’t smooth 😉
Bake about an hour, until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Is it just me, or do you have a hard time finding a toothpick when you need one? I swear I have to dig through my whole drawer… smh.
Can’t you just imagine the sweet blueberry, lemon and almond scents coming from that bread? Now as hard as it will be… don’t eat it just yet. Leave it in the pan, but place the pan on a cooling rack and let it cool for 40 minutes or so. Take the bread out of the pan and allow it to cool completely. It’s torture… I know… but it’ll be sooooooo worth it!
Once it’s cooled, you can make your glaze and prepare to drizzle it all over the bread! Combine your very softened cream cheese, lemon juice and powdered sugar and whisk it together until smooth.
Now I would recommend lining your counter with some wax paper, placing the cooling rack with the bread on it on the top, and then drizzling the glaze. I wanted to do it on the plate for the pictures, but that meant that the bread ended up sort of sitting in a pool of glaze (which isn’t bad, just makes for a verrrrrry glazed bread lol).
Ready for my favorite shot?
Now in my excitement to take photos, I completely forgot to add the sliced almonds to the top of the bread 🙁 So please add some if you’d like!
This bread was so tasty, I hope you all try this one… I know you won’t regret it!!
Stay tuned later tonight you guys, I have a surprise for you all 😀
Recipe adapted from Julia’s Album
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Serves: 1 loaf
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 Tbsp lemon zest
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (frozen can be used as well)
- 1-2 Tbsp all purpose flour
For the Glaze:
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup powder sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a regular size loaf pan (mine is 9"x5") with parchment paper or spray with vegetable oil cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extracts.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, then stir into egg mixture (adding half the mixture at a time) alternating with adding the milk.
- In the same bowl where you combined flour, add blueberries and toss them in 2 tablespoons of flour. (remember that keeps the blueberries from sinking to the bottom)
- Fold in lemon zest and blueberries into the batter. Do it gently but still rather quickly. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for about 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. (Mine took 60 minutes)
- Cool bread in pan for 40 minutes on a wire rack. Remove bread from the pan, and continue to cool on wire cooling rack.
- Whisk together glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over the completely cooled bread.
- Sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired.
- Store in refrigerator.