Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Double Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Bread

My mother use to make this awesome lemon bread when I was a kid but I don't have her recipe ( she's looking for it).
I found this one on the Tasty Kitchen site...and it's amazing.  The creator of this recipe also has a  wonderful cooking blog. You should really check it out!


The only thing that I altered in her recipe is that I added a lemon glaze to the top. 

What makes this bread so amazing is that the Hungry Couple uses ricotta cheese and buttermilk in the batter.  The end result produces a super moist bread, almost like a pound cake. You really have to try this.  You seriously won't be able to stop eating it...

Here is her recipe:

1 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Cup buttermilk
1/2 Cup ricotta cheese
1 Cup blueberries
Zest of 3 lemons

Add the eggs and sugar to a large bowl and beat until thoroughly combined and lightened in color.  Beat in the butter followed by the ricotta cheese, vanilla, lemon zest and buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Beat the dry ingredients into the wet until mixed.  Fold in the blueberries and mix by hand just until combined.  Pour the batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from the pan and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.  Makes approximately 10 servings

Here is what I did for the glaze:

1 Cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Place sugar in a medium bowl, stir in lemon juice until blended.  You will want a thick, pourable glaze.  Add more sugar or more lemon juice to achieve the correct consistency.
Once you remove the bread from the loaf pan, pour glaze over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

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