Lemon Blueberry Loaf with Tangy Lemon Glaze
Hey there, fellow foodies! Today, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes – the scrumptious Lemon Blueberry Loaf with a Lemon Glaze. Growing up, my mom would often bake this amazing recipe, and my siblings and I would eagerly gather around the kitchen, waiting for that delicious aroma to fill the air. It was a family tradition, and we’d all take turns helping mom with the baking process. Trust me, this loaf is a burst of delightful flavors in every bite, and the combination of zesty lemons and juicy blueberries will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. So, grab your apron, preheat your ovens to 350°F (175°C), and let’s bake up this delightful treat together!
First things first, gather your ingredients:
- 1½ cups of all-purpose flour and an additional 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of softened unsalted butter
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step directions:
Preheat your oven and prepare your pan: Before we get started, let’s preheat that oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. This step ensures that our loaf will come out easily and beautifully golden brown.
Whisk the dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. This simple step ensures that all our dry ingredients are well combined and ready to mingle with the wet ones.
Cream the butter and sugar: In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until they become light and fluffy. This is one of the keys to a moist and tender loaf.
Add the eggs and lemony goodness: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The zest and juice give our loaf that delightful citrus kick!
Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Starting and ending with the flour mixture helps the batter blend smoothly. Remember, we want a perfect harmony of flavors here!
Fold in the blueberries: Here comes the juicy part – toss the blueberries in 1 tablespoon of flour. This little trick prevents them from sinking to the bottom during baking. Carefully add the coated blueberries, gently folding to avoid overmixing. We want those berry bursts to be evenly distributed!
Bake to golden perfection: Pour the luscious batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. That’s when you’ll know it’s ready to impress!
Let it cool and prepare the glaze: Once our aromatic loaf is baked to perfection, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. Now, let’s prepare that tangy Lemon Glaze!
Tangy Lemon Glaze:
You’re gonna need: 1 cup of powdered sugar, accompanied by 2 to 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and the zest from 1 lemon.
In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth and glossy. Oh, the tangy aroma will make your mouth water!
Pour the glaze over the cooled Lemon Blueberry Loaf, letting it run down the sides. The glaze adds that perfect finishing touch and brings out the flavors even more!
Patience, patience: Let the glaze set for a few minutes before you dive in and slice your masterpiece. It’s worth the wait, trust me!
Now that you’ve followed these simple steps, it’s time to indulge in your homemade Lemon Blueberry Loaf with Tangy Lemon Glaze. Slice a generous piece, savor the tender crumb, the burst of blueberries, and the zing of lemon in every bite. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a cozy afternoon treat, this loaf never disappoints.
I hope you enjoy baking and devouring this delightful creation as much as I do. Happy baking, my dear friends!