Friday, July 12, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread-Guest Post with Kristin of Baker Bettie

Hey there world! I'm still hanging out in Ohio, but don't fret, I have left you all in capable hands! Today you get the utmost honor of a guest post by Kristin, AKA "Baker Bettie". I was lucky enough to hang out with the amazing lady last month, and I love her even more now (didn't know that was even possible!) Not only is she all cool and pin-upy, and a fabulous photographer, and a genius about the science of baking (I have learned so much from her blog!), and a girl who makes me laugh out loud with the stories she shares, she's also just a cool chick who is super nice and sweet and fun to hang out with! We declared ourselves best bloggy friends. Hooray!
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread
Hello lovely readers of The Cooking Actress! My name is Kristin and I am the lady behind the blog/food/camera over at Baker Bettie. I know, I know. If my name is Kristin what is up with the Bettie thing, right? I often refer to Baker Bettie as my more confident pinup baking alter ego. But over time, the blog has transformed Kristin and Bettie into one and the same.

I am so excited to be guest posting here on Kayle's fabulous blog. I believe Kayle and I first became blogging friends way back in 2011. We immediately bonded over our love for vintage fashion and, of course, our mutual food obsession. We finally got to meet in person a few weeks ago and spent a fantastic day in the city exploring a bunch of foodie sites.

I have only a handful of very close friends. You know the kind. The ones that you know you will stay close to for the rest of your life. The ones that you are truly deep down excited for when big life events happen to them. I made these friends when I was young and they have stuck around. It is difficult to make those kinds of friends once college ends. It is just hard to make that kind of connection again. But Kayle and I hit it off right from the start. And once I figured out her name is pronounced "Kay-lee" and not "Kale" it has felt like we have known each other for years. She is just about as sweet as they come!
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread
Recently I started a series on my blog called Back to Bake-sics. In each post I broke down the science of various different baked goods to create very simple and adaptable recipes. One of my favorite basic baked goods is quick bread. I make it frequently in all kinds of ways. It is so easy to make it savory or sweet and flavor it with pretty much anything you imagination can come up with. Check out this post for the basic recipe and to understand how it can be easily adapted.
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread
There are few flavor combinations I love more than blueberry and lemon. Especially in the summer. These flavors just feel like summer. I like to think of blueberry and lemon as sort of a lifelong friend of flavors, as silly as that may sound. It just always comes through for me. In muffins, or biscuits, or cookies, or of course bread.
This bread is ready to go into the oven within 10 minutes and comes out incredibly moist and flavorful. I also think this would be awesome with raspberries, blackberries or cherries. Or a combination sounds pretty awesome too! You could even pair it with a different citrus. Orange, lime, or grapefruit?! Oh, the endless possibilities!

Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread

From Kristin of Baker Bettie

Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Quick Bread
for the bread
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1/4 cup blueberries divided (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
for the glaze
  • juice and zest of a lemon
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
for the bread
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries.
  • In another bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla, sour cream, and lemon juice and zest.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of blueberries over the top. 
  • Bake at 350 for about 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
  • Cool completely before removing from the pan and glazing. 
for the glaze
  • Place the lemon juice and zest in a small mixing bowl. 
  • Whisk in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. 
  • Add more powdered sugar until the glaze is at the desired consistency. 
  • Drizzle over the cooled bread. 

Kayle: *sob* Kristin made me get all teary eyed. I love her. Don't you??! Obviously you do, you're smart people.
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