Sunday, February 3, 2013

Week 5- Lemon Blueberry Bread & French Toast Bake

I was lucky to have two days off in a row this weekend! It was lovely spending time with Rob and my family. I was able to do some baking and it turned out wonderful! I made a Lemon Blueberry Bread and French Toast Bake. The lemon blueberry bread was for dessert. I recommend the French toast bake for a bunch or if you have house guests. I prepared it the night before, only took like 10 minutes max.Both were good!

Lemon Blueberry Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Lemon Glaze
2 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking oil on the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Remove 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture. Place the blueberries in a separate bowl and toss in the 1 tablespoon flour.
  3. Using the electric mixer, beat butter until softened. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in 3 parts and milk in 2 parts alternatively, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined.
  4. Scrape half the batter into the loaf pan. Add the blueberries in the middle. Add rest of batter on top.

  1. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. For the glaze, stir the sugar with lemon in a microwaveable bowl. Place in microwave for about 30 seconds or until sugar has dissolved.
  3. After the loaf has cooked, place on wire rack in pan. Poke holes in the bread. Brush the lemon glaze on top of the loaf. Cool completely.

French Toast Bake

1/2 cup of melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf of Texas Toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar for sprinkling
ground cinnamon for sprinkling

Melt butter in microwave. Add brown sugar. Stir till mixed.
Pour butter/sugar into bottom of 9x13 pan. Spread evenly.
Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla.
Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan.

Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, evenly.
Add a 2nd layer of Texas Toast.
Spoon on remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, evenly.
Cover and chill overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top before serving. Serve with maple syrup, optional.

Yummy! Enjoy!