Friday, June 5, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemon Poppy Seed Bread!!!

***With summer upon us and all of the deliciously fresh fruits that are available, I've really been craving fruits! Beautiful strawberries, amazing cherries, perfect peaches...the list goes on and on. I find myself buying this fresh produce and telling myself I'll worry about exactly what to make with it later! The fresh cherries that I used in my Classic Cherry Pie is a perfect example.

Recently, I had a strange craving for lemon poppy seed bread...something sweet, yet lemony. that a word?? This recipe definitely fit the bill...It is similar to a pound cake both in texture and taste. Because of that, it's not overly moist, but it is extremely delicious! This bread made a great breakfast, and it was easy to grab a slice before running out the door for work each morning.

Specs of freshly grated lemon zest really make this bread beautiful and add a great little zing of taste...not to mention the yummy glaze that gets brushed over the top! I imagine this recipe would make great little lemon poppy seed muffins. Hmm, I might just have to give that a try!***

3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin of the lemon)
3 tablespoons (30 grams) poppy seeds
13 tablespoons (184 grams) unsalted butter, softened
Lemon Syrup:
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of a loaf pan (8 x 4 x 2 1/2 inch) (20 x 10 x 7 cm). Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter and flour the paper. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seeds until combined. Add the softened butter and half the egg mixture and mix on low speed until moistened. Increase the speed to medium and beat for about one minute. This aerates and develops the cake's structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating about 30 seconds after each addition. This will strengthen the structure of the batter.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 55 to 65 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You may have to cover the bread with buttered foil after about 30 minutes if you find the bread over browning.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar and lemon juice to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

When the bread is done, remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Pierce the hot loaf all over with a wooden skewer or toothpick and then brush the top of the loaf with about half the hot lemon syrup. Cool the loaf in the pan for about 10 minutes then invert onto a greased wire rack. Brush the remaining syrup onto the bottom and the sides of the loaf. Reinvert the bread so it is right side up and then cool the bread completely before wrapping. Store at least overnight before serving to allow the lemon syrup to distribute throughout the loaf.

Makes 1 loaf.


Katie said...

I LOOOOVE lemon poppy seed bread. This looks delicious!

Poppy Seeds said...

Wow. It looks amazing and yummy. Good recipe. Seems like something yummy is always cooking in your house. Looks delicious. I am surely gonna try it. Poppy seed is rich in B-complex. It is also very useful for health.

erin said...

Have you ever tried making these as muffins before. I love that you use actual lemon juice in here and not powdered mix.

Patricia Laberdie said...

Yummy for the tummy!! Will try making this; however, will use Nectresse in place of sugar. Thank you for sharing.