Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Here's to hoping Lemon Bread will bring nice weather


I saw everyone making this last week and I just had to make it. I really like lemon bread because even though it is a bread and a dense bread at that, it is refreshing. And I'm really getting sick of this weather we have going on. What is up with a week of 60 degree days and then we get snow, honestly that trip to Atlanta I think did more harm than good with my feelings towards weather. I wish I was back down there now. So I'm hoping that by eating this lemon bread I can think summer thoughts and that warm weather will come my way. Because I am a summer girl, I love warm weather and hate wearing real shoes and socks. Give me flip flops, any day over sneakers. What do you do to remind yourself that summer is coming eventually?


Lemon Yogurt Bread inspired by Ina Garten

1 1/2 cups of AP flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt . In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then remove from the pan to finish cooking on a rack.

13 comments:

  1. mmmmm... looks yummy!!! i am the same way: lemon = spring/summer to me. i am lucky to have a summer bday ~ august ~ and i always request lemon cake, usu w/ a strawberry component. i can't wait for spring to finally arrive, but being that it's the 31st and cold/rainy out, i don't think it will be soon enough for me, LOL.

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  2. That looks so incredible - Ina would be proud!! I am with you as lemon or citrus to me represents spring - life...

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  3. Katie, this bread looks fabulous. I hope that it does bring you warmer weather. I miss Atlanta around this time, too. It has such great spring weather (although, I must tell you...the summers there are too hot). It's been weird living in San Francisco because there really is no summer here: it's still chilly in the summer (although I know the moderate climate is what people adore about the Bay Area). Our hottest temperatures come in--get this--October! Haha, weird, right? So, how will I commemorate summer until October? By wearing flipflops and sundresses and pretenidng it's warm when, in fact, I'm freezing!

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  4. let me know if it works for you...i'll whip up a batch of this IMMEDIATELY if it does. :)

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  5. I've been seeing this around, too. It has my tastebuds working and since I haven't had breakfast yet, guess I'll have to dream instead. If it's any consolation, San Diego in the spring is often very chilly. No snow, of course, but lots grey, and low temps for us. Brrrrr! Your sunny bread is perfect for now.

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  6. Love the bread and I hope it does bring spring!

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  7. YUM - that looks delicious!! I'd like a slice with a little raspberry jam on top... :)

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  8. I'm ready for nice weather too! Lemon bread looks like a great way to bring it in.

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  9. This sounds awesome. Lemon bread always reminds me of spring - lets hope it brings the sunshine!
    Thanks for sharing. It look great!

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  10. I have been looking for a lemon bread recipe can't wait to try yours Thanks for sharing.

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  11. If I was the weatherperson and got this cake, I would guarantee nice weather for you. This looks great! :)

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  12. I've always loved this loaf from Ina. This looks simply wonderful!

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  13. mmmmm... looks yummy!!! i am the same way: lemon = spring/summer to me. i am lucky to have a summer bday ~ august ~ and i always request lemon cake, usu w/ a strawberry component. i can't wait for spring to finally arrive, but being that it's the 31st and cold/rainy out, i don't think it will be soon enough for me, LOL.
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