Tuesday, May 20, 2014

grapefruit raspberry bread

We've been out to the desert a few times this spring and we've got quite the collection of ripe grapefruits.  I'm not a huge fan of grapefruit all on it's own, but luckily I'm a huge fan of this bread so they certainly won't go to waste.  This stuff is so good I'm not sure it can even be called bread - maybe cake?  Well, whatever you call it, it's definitely worth making a batch.  In fact, my sous-chef, Carson, claims "I'm never eating anything else but this.  FOREVER!"

Grapefruit Raspberry Bread
inspired by ina garten

1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup vanilla yogurt (I use non-fat)
1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
3 eggs
3 teaspoons grapefruit zest (I just zest one grapefruit and use it all)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1/3 cup grapefruit juice

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan or a few mini loaves.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In another bowl whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla and oil.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (I use my electric mixer).  Coat the raspberries in a spoonful of flour (to prevent them from sinking to the bottom).  Fold the raspberries gently into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan/s and bake for about 35 (small loaves) - 55 (large loaf) minutes.

While your bread is baking, cook the 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and that extra tablespoon of sugar in a small pan until the sugar completely dissolves.  Set aside to cool.

When the loaves are done, allow to cool for a few minutes.  While the cake is still warm, poke a bunch of tiny holes in it with a toothpick and use a butter knife to go around the outside edges (releasing it from the pan) pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.  Remove loaves from pans and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Don't eat the whole loaf at once!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

life is good

I'm back!  It's been a long break from blogging... 
but, I've got a great excuse!

I've been busy with my little ones and time has been too precious to take a break and blog.

So here she is...

The newest addition to the family...

We're pretty crazy about her.  She's almost 12 weeks now and changing every day. 
I'll share more soon.  I promise.
But for now, I must go play!

Another huge thanks to my wonderful, wonderful friend, Jenna (jennabeth.com), for capturing more amazing moments.