Monday, March 14, 2011

TWD: Citrus Sunshine Loaf



Lauryn of Bella Baker chose Citrus Sunshine Currant Muffins for this week's TWD. Her blog will have the original recipe or buy Dorie Greenspan's book for the whole lot of amazing recipes!

I loved the way the top of this loaf turned shiny and slightly crisp. Dorie was right when she named these "sunshine" muffins. The color was bright, happy and perfect for spring. Waking up to these muffins was nice on Sunday morning, despite the brutal daylight savings time change.

Psst... In 2 weeks it will be my pick! I can hardly wait!



My changes:
-Used all lemon juice instead of orange juice.
-Doubled the sugar (total 1 cup) to compensate for the sourness of the lemon vs orange juice.
-Omitted the currants
-Baked in one 9"x5" loaf pan - increased baking time by 10-15 minutes and lowered the temperature to 325 degrees F in the last 15 minutes.
-Increased baking soda to 1 tsp for a slightly higher rise and to work with added acidity from lemon juice.

23 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Your loaf looks like it has a perfect texture: moist, but with that crisp top layer. I love it!

Peggy said...

Oh I love that you made yours into a loaf. That was an excellent idea. Very creative. Beautiful photos.

Jessica said...

Very nice! A loaf was a great idea! So was adding more sugar... always a good idea :)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Yummy! I love a great lemon loaf! :)

Nicole said...

I love loaves with a crispy top. That's one perfect looking lemon loaf you made!

Flourchild said...

Using ALL the lemon is a good thing! Your loaf looks so moist and the edges look perfect!

cakeflower said...

A loaf! What a good idea...Looks super yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that made a fine loaf! i'm looking forward to your pick, too.

Spike said...

I love tea cakes- the loaf was a great idea!

Jules Someone said...

Mmmmm. I love a good lemon loaf! The Boy loved reading his comments!

cindy said...

What a beautiful lemony loaf of goodness. Love your changes. Have a happy day.

Kayte said...

Well, if someone told me I could have just gone with lemon, I would have!! lol...that sounds and looks so good! I am a lemon addict. That said, this version with the orange was superb...definitely one of my new go-to recipes. Oh, and I am making this lemon loaf asap. Thanks for the tips.

Valerie said...

Brilliant idea to make this into a lemony lemon loaf!! Yum!!

Pamela said...

Lovely loaf! Bet you're psyched about your turn, huh?! :-)

Lauryn said...

love the loaf form!! Yum!! Thank you for baking along with me! I'm excited for your pick coming up!

Amber Marie said...

Good idea on the loaf instead of muffins! This recipe seems like it would make a nice loaf :)

Joy said...

The lemon sounds really nice, and the loaf would go over well here, too.
I browsed a little, and the java cookie sticks look fantastic! And I'm definitely going to keep the microwave brownie in mind when I need a quick fix.

jillbert said...

It looks wonderful! I like how you can take a muffin recipe and make it into a loaf and vice versa.

Judy said...

I really like your idea of turning the muffins into a loaf. I didn't have lemons, so I used limes instead -- good and tart!

mike509 said...

Another great creative "twist" Tia! Looks wonderful - I always like making loaves... especially when I'm lazy! A nice idea for a citrus loaf!!!

Cakelaw said...

I am loving the loaf cake - it is a great way to serve this recipe.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

WOW! With all of that lemon juice instead of some orange juice . . . this has to be one of the best tasting breads! Bookmarked!

Katrina said...

Ooh, I love that you made a loaf with this recipe! Looks great.