Alaska Blueberry Lemon Loaf
Bake Time: 50-60 minutes
Yield: 1 gorgeous loaf
1 1/2 cups + 1 Tablepoon AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 extra-large eggs
3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted so it is liquid)
1 1/2 cups blueberries – fresh or frozen
LEMON SUGAR GLAZE
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350*
Line bottom of loaf pan with parchment. Grease and flour entire pan, including parchment. Your loaf will release easily if you do this.
Melt the coconut oil (don’t boil) and set aside. Sift together flour, baking powered and salt into a bowl.
In another bowl, whisk the sugar, yogurt, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and coconut oil.
Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients, just until combined – don;t over mix. Gently fold in blueberries (if using frozen, do not thaw).
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden and toothpick inserted ingot he center comes out clean.
While the loaf is baking, warm the lemon juice with the tablespoon of sugar on the stovetop until sugar completely dissolves. Add a bit more sugar if you like it sweeter.
When done, allow the bread to cool in the pan about 10 minutes, then remove and let continue to cool on a wire baking rack (aren’t you glad you lined the pan with parchment – came right out, didn’t it? )
While loaf is still warm, pour lemon glaze all over the top, letting it soak in. Use a pastry brush if you want. Let it cool then slice and eat.
This is a cross between sweet bread and a cake, really. Dense and über moist. This bread has a lot of followers 🙂
*Alaska blueberries are found all over the state, and have been a mainstay of the Alaskan Native diet for centuries. Alaskans take their berry picking seriously, and I would say it is an unwritten social ‘faux pas’ to ask where their favorite picking spot is – if you have a secret spot, you like to keep it that way. Luckily, there are plenty of berries to go around, and with the extended daylight, you can pick into the wee hours, it’s a great way to spend an evening. Alaskan blueberries are smaller that some in the lower 48, but they are wonderfully sweet. They freeze and dry really well, so you can enjoy them through the long winters. Bears also enjoy blueberries… always remember to sing, make some noise, wear your bear-bells when you are out and about.