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
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.