Sunday, 23 May 2010

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

When summer gets in full swing, and the sunshine comes out in full force, I find that the way people bake changes. There is more variety of delicious fruits calling to be eaten – strawberries, raspberries, passion-fruits, cherries – offering with them colour and vibrancy and juice. Then when it heats up outside, people want to have less hot ovens heating up the kitchen and more time outside soaking up the rays. Especially here in England, where its not rare to have one week of boiling heat-wave sun in the summer and then cooler grey days the rest. Me, I love baking too much to forget about it for the whole summer season. Sure, I want to start embracing more summery dishes on here soon (read – ice cream!) but today, its cake. Who doesn’t like a cake?DSCF6913  Especially this cake. Taking advantage of fresh summer blueberries, with a backdrop of lemon to add zing. Super sweet lemon icing drizzled over the top, the crackly sugar topping peaking through. Gorgeous! DSCF6918 Making this cake feels like making one huge blueberry muffin because its the same technique – mixing the wet ingredients (buttermilk, butter, eggs, lemon) into the dry (flour, sugar, berries) and then taking huge-nervous care not to over mix.  It was super easy to make and the only hard part is waiting whilst it cooks and cools. This cake ended up being a family effort: I mixed, my sister poured it into the tin, my Mum cut us all hearty slices and my Dad unknowingly ate the slice that had fallen on the floor… :)DSCF6928 A slice of this purple-studded beauty was just the ticket after spending too long in the sun and coming in just a tad too pink rather than the intended glowing tan… Find the recipe here, make one of the last big cakes for a while, and eat with pleasure!


14 comments:

elra said...

It looks really delicious with drizzled sugar on top. Make it more appealing. I am sure it tastes delicious too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fantastic combination (one of my favorite)! That moist loaf must taste really good! I love the icing...

Cheers,

Rosa

Cherry Roberts said...

I loved your description of the Blueberry lemon cake and it looked delicious!
Best of luck with Wallace & Co - hope you have fun.
Cherry x

Rhiannon Nicole said...

This sounds so tasty Lucy :) I love fresh blueberries and this sounds like a perfect way to utilize them!! Hope you are well sweetie pie! XO

Faith said...

This looks so delicious with the blueberries, and so pretty with the icing on top. I can't give up baking during the summer either. :)

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

Such a pretty cake, dear Lucy. I can almost taste the blueberries and lemon. I'd love a piece of this purple-studded beauty ;)

English Mum said...

Ah well- I'm sure the 5 second rule applied to your Dad's slice. Am printing this one off! x

English Mum said...

Oh no! I can't click on the recipe Lucy, it says page not found...

iadorearts said...

Wow Lu, this DID look amazing when you had it at lunchtime.... You should blog the brownies you made for F's birthday!! They were incredible! xxx

Ellieee x said...

haha you neek :)II love you Lu xxx Looks soo good though :O , bring me over a piece, yeah matey?

George@CulinaryTravels said...

Oh this looks delightful. A perfect cake for summer picnics.

Ash said...

This is quite the beauty!

Jessica said...

Fresh blueberries aren't in season here yet, but I do have some frozen blueberries from last summer that I need to use up. I'll definitely have to try out this recipe as it looks fantastic.

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