The final countdown is here and it’s currently T minus 8 days until the Little Guy’s due date. I’m both antsy for him to get here and freaked out that he’s going to get here before I’ve finished everything I want to do; as if it’s the end of the world.
One thing I did want to do was bake and a few weeks ago I took some time and did just that. I thoroughly enjoyed dusting off the KitchenAid and getting my hands back into the sugar and flour and what do you know; it’s felt familiar and really good.
Moist and crunchy on the top this bread make for the perfect breakfast treat and not that it needs it but maybe next time time I’ll toss it a smidgen of lemon zest, extract or juice to give it a little extra pop.
As part of my 3-Day Weekend celebration I decided to make some sort of sweet bread (vs. savory) and this Lemon blueberry recipe really fit the bill. Back when blueberries were in season I might have bought way more than I could eat with the intention of freezing some and now I was all to happy to break into my stash.
The recipe was submitted by ChezSpice onto All Recipes and I have to admit that I made a few minor tweaks. Before I started I knew that I wanted to make mini loaves so I doubled the recipe and divided the batter into 3 mini pans.
Also, after reading the ingredient list I decided that 2 Cups of sugar was an awful lot of sweet for 3 tiny loaves so I switch it out for 1 Cup of C&H light. C&H light was something that on purchased on a whim and it is a mix of stevia and pure cane sugar and now my go-to sugar substitutes. That’s because it’s still sweet, you don’t sacrifice flavor and most importantly; you don’t feel guilty when you eat six cookies instead of the just one you meant to have. Don’t lie, I know it’s happened to you too.
I did find that you don’t need to bake the mini loaves for as long as the single loaf; mine were about 40 minutes but be sure to check them with a toothpick and only remove them when it comes out clean.
As soon as these were out of the oven I was right there with the glaze and boy, did they look great. I even made sure to share a few loaves and I was rewarded with this text from a friend.
My favorite type of compliment is the kind that requires no words.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable Labor Day weekend; I know I sure did. I spend most of the weekend alternating between baking and cooking (or doing both simultaneously) in the kitchen and I couldn’t have been happier.
What that mean for all of you is that I have a couple new favorite recipes and I can’t wait to share them!
Here’s a little teaser for your Tuesday.
P.S. Would anyone be interested if I shared a really great marinara sauce recipe that’s heavy on the garlic and incredible on chicken parmigiana?