Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Citrus Bread


Citrus bread is like human society.

Hear me out.

It seems to me that human beings show the most variation among any species.  And there are a lot of us, almost 7 billion, in fact.  Yet, according to Wikipedia, we're crammed together on just 510,072,000 square kilometers of Earth.


Alright, so enough with this nerdiness, and back to the simile.  

Citrus fruit comes in a number of varieties, and this bread only highlights three citrus "populations."  Yet, despite their differences in color, flavor, and size, these fruits cohabitate perfectly in two small loaf pans.


Lemon tries to be the Loaf Leader of Loaf-land, but Lime quickly becomes a contender in the race for Loaf Domination.  

Orange silently sits back and watches as Lemon and Lime work to compromise, conferencing in the oven.  But, in the end, Orange doesn't refrain from signing its flavor signature as witness upon their Loaf Treaty.

In the end, Lemon, Lime, and Orange produce two pound cake-like loaves: zesty and sweet, perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea.


Citrus Loaf
Inspired by Kathy Scott's Lemon Bread Recipe

Yields: 2  5.75"x3" mini loaves

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 eggs
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB orange juice
1 TB lime juice
1 TB lemon zest
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp lime zest
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 TB milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.  Grease two 5.75"x3" mini loaf pans.  Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

Beat in eggs, juice, and zest.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate pouring this mixture and the milk into the liquid mixture.

Bake at 350 deg. F. for 30 minutes.  Allow loaves to cool in their pans for 10-15 minutes.


8 comments:

  1. ThegourmentstudentFebruary 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    BAHA... love the similie.. orange is sneaky eh? Looks delicious

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  2. You got my attention with the first sentence, ha! This sounds so good (love citrus!), and I love that it looks so fluffy and not dense at all.

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  3. I was wondering where you were going with the simile...but you def brought it home in the end. three kinds of citrus. One loaf. What could be better?

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  4. Yes--this surprised me too! The first day and right out of the oven it was very light and airy. I will say, though, as it sits up it becomes a bit denser, but I kind of like that pound cake texture heheh.

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  5. Haha, thanks Joanne. I'm glad you appreciate my literary endeavor here.

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  6. What a luscious looking bread. You're right - perfect with a cup of tea!

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