Baking Classics: Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

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The Technique

Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

Lemons & blueberries have long been a classic combination of flavors to use in recipe applications, particularly when folded into baked goods. One of my favorite cakes that I have ever made was a wedding cake prepared with a lemon scented batter & a luscious blueberry-lemon filling. It was iced with an ultra smooth finish in bright white almond buttercream. The design was simple– a series of polka dots & a bow made from fondant crowned the top tier. The towering confection was built on the same heirloom silver cake stand my mother gifted me to use for my own wedding cake when I was married. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I was particularly fond of it, it had roots. Roots are what makes ingredients & objects mean something. The good news is that Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread doesn’t take three days to prepare but it has the potential to make an equally lasting impression on the person you honor with it. Learn how to bake this straightforward southern classic perfect to share with someone very dear to you.

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Makes 8 servings 

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
6-oz fresh blueberries {about 1 cup}
Fresh Lemon Glaze

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside. Cream the butter & the sugar on Medium speed in an electric stand mixer until light & airy, about 4 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the bowl sides using a rubber spatula. Blend in the lemon zest. Add the eggs & blend on Low speed just until the yellow disappears. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, the baking soda & the salt in a small bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the flour mixture. Add the remaining flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk beginning & ending with the flour mixture. Stir in the lemon juice. Toss the blueberries in the remaining flour mixture & fold them in to the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan spreading to the edges. Drop the pan three times on the counter top to settle the leavening. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean when inserted in the center of the tea bread. Cool 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Prepare the Fresh Lemon Glaze as directed & drizzle over the cake. Allow the icing to set. Slice the tea bread using a serrated knife when ready to serve. 

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makes about 1/3 cup

2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp milk

Stir together the powdered sugar, the lemon zest, the lemon juice & the milk. Use as directed.

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The Basics. Lemons. Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Butermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Digital Culinary Photo Journalist TV Cooking Personalty Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern SocialsHow To Prepare Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread can be blended quickly & only requires one pan to make it successfully. The cake can be baked up to two days before the gathering & glazed either the day before or the day of the party for a lovely finish. 

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Consider tea bread as a basic fundamental. They can be prepared using a stand mixer that offers convenience & ease. A few additional tools will be necessary in order to complete the task. Assess the items ahead of time. Here’s what you should know.

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The Ingredients

One of the most important factors when preparing cakes is to be certain ingredients are the correct temperature before beginning the recipe & that they are measured properly. 

The Butter

Softened butter is called for often in recipe applications. The key is to begin the mixing process whether for cakes or other baked items with butter that is the proper consistency. It shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft. You should be able to create a rudimentary butter curl with a spoon indicating that it is indeed ready to use.

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It’s important that sugar is measured properly for use in recipe applications as it’s a spreading agent. The measuring cup may be used to scoop the sugar needed but level it with the back of a knife to remove the excess. 

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The Lemon Zest & The Lemon Juice

Be certain to zest the lemons before juicing them using a microplane grater. When fresh lemon juice is needed for recipe applications, it’s important to have the right device that will release every bit. A glass juicer where the reamer is set over a small bowl to collect the juice can be used or my preferred choice is a lemon press. These valuable tools are generally coated with a non-reactive finish to prevent the acid from producing off flavors. Citrus halves can be placed in the custom fit compartment then the handles pressed together to extract the juice over a small bowl. It’s efficient enough to press every bit of juice quickly. Once the task is complete, the pulp & seeds will be left behind. Simply remove the used lemon halves & discard them. Before adding the juice to recipe applications, pour it through a small fine wire mesh sieve to collect any seeds or unwanted bits of pulp that may be in the bowl. Look to The Basics: Lemons for more information regarding this versatile kitchen staple, if desired. 

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Eggs provide structure to cakes & baked goods. Add them as specified according to specific recipe instructions.

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The Fresh Blueberries

As blueberries begin to make an appearance at your local market, use them for a variety of entertaining needs. Add them to muffin or cake batter or arrange them on pretty plates for a flawless finish.

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Tossing the blueberries in flour before adding them to the batter will allow a better distribution throughout the cake.

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The Blending Procedure

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside. Cream the butter & the sugar on Medium speed in an electric stand mixer until light & airy, about 4 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the bowl sides using a rubber spatula. Blend in the lemon zest. Add the eggs & blend on Low speed just until the yellow disappears. 

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Whisk together the flour, baking powder, the baking soda & the salt in a small bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the flour mixture. 

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Begin incorporating the flour mixture a little bit at a time.

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Add the remaining flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk beginning & ending with the flour mixture. Stir in the lemon juice.

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Toss the blueberries in the remaining flour mixture & fold them in to the batter. 

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Once the blueberries have been folded int the batter, expect a smooth mixture with fruit dispersed throughout.

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The Batter & The Preparations For Baking

Be certain the loaf pan is well greased & coated with flour before adding the batter to the pan. This particular cake will take additional care when removing it from the pan as the blueberries may stick in a few spots. I did not encounter any problems but it did take some gentle prodding to remove it blemish free. Although I did not use this method, the pan may be greased & floured then lined with parchment paper, if desired for effortless removal.

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Spoon the batter into the prepared pan spreading to the edges. 

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Drop the pan three times on the counter top to settle the leavening. 

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The Baking

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean when inserted in the center of the tea bread. Cool 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour. 

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The Fresh Lemon Glaze

A citrus glaze brightens baked goods flawlessly & they are quick to prepare. The good news is that no special equipment is needed. Prepare the Fresh Lemon Glaze as directed & drizzle over the cake. Allow the icing to set. 

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The Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

Slice the tea bread using a serrated knife when ready to serve. The tea bread is particularly good with classic spring party fare such as Pecan Chicken Salad but it also pairs beautifully when a Southern-Style Grits Bar brunch is in order. Look to it for more casual family breakfast solutions, too.

The Tune
“Tea For Two” Anita O’Day

 

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