Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tea Tuesday: blueberry lemon loaf and ginger spice tea

Today's tea is ginger spice herbal tea. It is served in the dining room with a slice of blueberry lemon loaf hot from the oven.

I got this recipe several years ago from a friend and like it every time I make it. I once tried it with soy milk, but it really changed the taste, so I prefer using cow's milk. Since several members are not from the US, I tried converting to the metric system. I hope it makes sense. It is written exactly as my friend presented it to me on an index card, except for the conversion numbers and my occasional remarks.

Blueberry lemon loaf ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (190 g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 g) sugar, preferably raw
1/2 (3 g) teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons (9 g) baking powder
1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 egg
1/3 cup (80 ml) milk (soy milk can be substituted)
1 cup (145 g) fresh blueberries (cleaned and washed)
1 lemon, freshly squeezed and zested

Crumb topping:
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/3 cup (40 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (55 g) butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons (3 g) ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 lemon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (about 175 degrees C). Grease a 7" X 3" individual loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Place vegetable oil in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add the egg, 1/2 the lemon juice, zest of the lemon, and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Fill loaf pan 2/3 to 3/4 full, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture. I pat my crumb mixture down so it is more like a crust on the loaf.
  6. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 the lemon juice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and crumble over muffins before baking.
  7. Bake in preheated oven about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Please remember that the rest of the Tea Tuesday participants' links can be found at Kimmie's Art in Red Wagons. Enjoy!

You know I love to feature blogs that feature men. Today's blog is no different. He is Bill Lengeman, also known as Tea Guy Speaks. His blog is filled with various topics relevant to tea and tea drinking, including tea related book reviews, contests, videos, and art. If you love tea, you will enjoy this blog.

20 thoughtful remarks:

ooglebloops said...

I am here for tea this week!! Thanks for the link to the Tea Guy, will have to check that out!!!

Halle said...

Oh blueberry lemon!! I love that combo. Have another piece for me... I never make sweets because I have no will power.

Marilyn Rock said...

Yummy! Two of my faves - blueberries and lemon. Terrific recipe - looks and sounds delish! Thank you for sharing! Have a happy day! Thanks for your well wishes; I'm starting to get my "mojo" back :) xxoo

La Dolce Vita said...

loved the Tea guy! I will have to put his link on my new site and maybe be joining you on tea for Tuesdays! had to give up coffee!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

It means so much that you loved your visit to my blog. I thank-you for the wonderful words. This looks soo delicious on this very blustery day. Blessings dear.

Adventures in Art said...

Yum! I going through the list to see if I have all the ingredients. Can't wait to try it.

Lynn said...

What a lovely place setting...I'd love a cup of tea with you and the cake looks so nummy! Thank you.

Terri Kahrs said...

Mmmmm . . . . if I close my eyes I can almost smell this baking in the oven! Thanks so much for the recipe. Can't wait to give it a try. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Kimmie said...

That looks so so yummy! and blueberries are coming into season now too! You are so sweet to share the recipe - and thanks for the Tea Guy blog link :)

Hope your day is great!! Kimmie

Tammy Freiborg said...

Wish I were there - love blueberry muffins!

bad penny said...

Oh bless you for converting the amounts - I quite like the American recipies - one cup but I never know how big a cup !!!!

Cats all fine - will update soon. Bad Billy has lost a lot of weight- what we call puppy fat funnily enough, when teenagers get a bit weighty just before they shoot up in height !

So I guess he is a cat now & kitten no longer.

Linda Manning Findley said...

"E" this sounds wonderful ... hubby will be begging me to make this ..... thanks for sharing ..... Linda F

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I've just finished dinner and your lovely T post is making me hungry. Thanks very much for sharing this yummy recipe!
Hoping you T Tuesday was calm and not stormy!
The weather reports sound serious out your way!
Thinking of you

Debby said...

YUMMY!!!! This sounds so good and the setting is lovely.

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Oh I can't wait to try this recipe, it looks and sounds so good...thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Hugs, Carol Anne

Dianne said...

sounds yummy! lemon is my favorite...

bad penny said...

Billy update on Blog today xx

Wipso said...

Oh yum yum. That sounds really scrummy. I will be printing off this recipe for a baking day some time soon :-)
Also thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog. I really love blogging and aim to spead a little smile with what I write so thank you for making my day.
A x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

The blueberry lemon cake sounds wonderful - I may come back for a copy of the recipe though it will probably end up like many others, just stuffed into an envelope to be looked at occasionally while I say I must make that. One of my non-resolutions for this year (no point in my making them) was to try to make one thing a week from my stash of recipes but so far I've done zilch! Mainly 'cos I'm an out of sight out of mind kinda person :-/
Anne x

Marlynn said...

Oh my, Elizabeth - it is now time to close and go downstairs and eat those ugly madelines waiting for me... oh so sinful! Love your tea setting!