Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nectarine and Blueberry Tea Bread

I had a crate of nectarines that needed using and no idea what to do with them.  My first thought was making a freezer jam, but that doesn't really do it for me.  I wanted something I could eat and the sugar in that would kill me.  This was my next idea and I'm glad I had it.  This bread is incredibly yummy and kind of reminds me of Christmas which is always nice. 

The top is covered in cinnamon, sugar and almonds which get candied as it bakes.  It's awesome. You could do all sorts of things for the topping, I may use zest and sugar next.

The nectarines bake up sweet and the tartness of the blueberries accompanies them well.  You can't go wrong with this bread.  Experiment with different fruit combinations and see what you can do.  Just be sure to try this one first.

Nectarine and Blueberry Tea Bread recipe adapted from Lynne's Country Kitchen

1 1/2 Cups Flour, divided
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup (75 grams) Butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon Orange Zest (I used grapefruit)
1/4 Cup Orange Juice (I used grapefruit)
2 Eggs
2 Nectarines
1/2 Cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen

2/3 cup Almonds, chopped well and divided
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Combine 1/4 cup almonds, sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F/175C

Combine 1 Cup of flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice and salt in a bowl or stand mixer.   Add in butter, orange juice and orange zest.  Mix on low for about 30 seconds, then on high for 2 minutes.  Add in eggs and remaining 1/2 Cup of flour.  Mix to combine.   Fold in fruit and remaining almonds.

Pour batter into a loaf pan and add the topping.  Bake 50 - 60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for ten minutes then finish cooling on a rack.  Enjoy!
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