Wednesday, April 30

lemon + almond poppy seed loaf

I have always been fascinated by how a spoonful of food can improve even the ugliest of moods. If the clouds cry, a hot bowl of soup makes the rain feel softer. If your heart aches, a freshly baked loaf makes the day seem brighter. I learned patience by waiting at the oven's door for a fresh batch of my mother's cookies and I learned joy in the shape of cinnamon buns on a Saturday morning.

 In an effort to explore the beauty of food, I have decided to lend more time to baking and learning how ingredients work together. Recently I baked a lemon + almond poppy seed loaf and I wanted to share it with you. On the roof of the loaf, there are sticky drippings of lemon and sugar. On the inside, poppy seeds dance with a sweet lemon zest.

Ingredients you'll need:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest

The lemon glaze:
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

The recipe can be found here. 
Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Sarah H.30.4.14

    This looks very very yummy!

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  2. thank you, Amy, for the beautiful and very true words as well as the recipe. i just love how you describe the flavors. can't wait for more additions from this part of your life :)
    ~Abigail

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  3. Yum! This looks so good. I've been craving lemon-flavored breads lately for some reason. These pictures are gorgeous too.

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  4. so yum!! i must try it *___*
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  5. What a pretty loaf, I love your photography!

    Have a great week,
    -Kati

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  6. This looks so good!
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  7. Really beautiful girl and long skirt.

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  8. It must taste great.

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