If you know me you know that I'm not super into sweets yet, I've been really getting into baking. So I made this blueberry loaf, basked in the amazing smells from my oven, removed it, and promptly wrapped it in foil and set it on my table next to my keys to be delivered to my parents house. I was proud of my work, but had no desire to try it. Instead I grabbed the turkey pepperoni out of my fridge for my late night snack. Flash forward to the next morning and I wake up to crumbs on the floor, foil ripped a part, and an uneven slice taken out of my loaf. Did I have an intruder? Did my cat somehow remove a slice of bread and consume it? Or did my drug induced mind decide it liked desserts and opt for a taste? The mystery remains unsolved and is still unsettling to me. Does Benadryl mess with so much that I actually sleep walk and eat a piece of sweet bread, or am I suppressing a hidden desire for sugar that I never knew existed? Needless to say, I've quit my habit of allergy medicine however, you should rest assured that even the hater of sweets couldn't help herself from slicing a piece of this bread.
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (any kind works)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease generously. Using a handheld mixer, or in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and continue to beat for 2 more minutes. In a separate large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the butter batter into the flour mixture and add in the milk. Stir so that everything is full combined. Fold in the blueberries. Pour batter into the pan and top with additional blueberries if desired. Bake for 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let cool for 10 - 20 minutes before serving.