Blackberry Bread with Lime

What to do…what to do.
Lately, I’ve gotten up early on Sunday mornings because I cannot fall back asleep (what is wrong with me??). So, after a cup of coffee, I bake something. Today it was Blackberry Bread. I found the recipe online and tweaked it (of course!) to my own liking. Replacing the milk with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and using lime zest and the juice of one lime, as opposed to lemon juice. The berries were huge and sweet, which isn’t always the case with larger berries. Anyway, it is a recipe that doesn’t require a mixer, just two bowls and easy cleanup. It was a nice way to welcome Sunday morning.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 1 1/2C. Flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (Vietnamese)
  • 1 1/2C fresh blackberries
  • 1C. sugar*
  • 1/2C. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3C butter melted (cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • juice of a small lime

*I used about 3/4 of a cup and it’s sweet enough for my tastes. But, adjust as you like.

Coat a 9″x5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and blackberries in large bowl, set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sugar, almond milk, melted butter (cooled), eggs, lime zest and juice until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ones and mix well with small spatula or spoon. Add mixture to loaf pan. Bake for an hour and some change, or until a toothpick–when inserted into the middle of the bread–comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 min., remove from pan and let cool on wire rack. I cooled mine on a plate (put a plate on top of the loaf pan and flipped it over.)

I think this bread turned out wonderfully. You could also put a streusel topping on the bread or even a lime infused/powdered sugar glaze. Perhaps next time I will try to glaze.

Blueberry Coffeecake

Right now the scent of Vietnamese cinnamon and baking blueberries fills my apartment. Freshly made baked goods are a perfect breakfast treat. Why buy coffee cake when you can easily prepare it and have it fresh from the oven in 45 minutes? This is a super simple and quick recipe that I got from my mom. I used fresh NJ blueberries, but I’m guessing you can use cherries, raspberries or blackberries. I love summer fruit!

Butter/grease a 9″ square pan and set aside

Mix:

  • 3/4 C. Sugar
  • 1/4 C. Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 egg

Stir in:

  • 1/2 C. Milk
  • 2 C. AP Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Then stir in well drained blueberries.

To make the streusel topping:

  • 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 1/3 C. Flour
  • 1/2 C. unsalted butter, (softened)
  • 1/2 tsp. (or more if you like) Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Combine the streusel ingredients with clean bare hands until the mixture resembles pebbles. Add topping to coffee cake mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is.

A few notes: I swapped unsweetened vanilla almond milk for regular cow’s milk (because sometimes it bothers me [lactose intolerant])–a little more than 1/2 a cup of almond milk. You can judge by the consistency of the mixture. and, I used Vietnamese cinnamon because it’s more flavorful and stronger than regular cinnamon.

it really was delicious. Trust me.