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GRAPEFRUIT LEMON LOAF

GRAPEFRUIT LEMON LOAF

This week I am taking a nice, relaxing vacation at the Jersey shore-Stone Harbor to be specific. The plan is to spend my mornings grinding through a long to-do list, spend my afternoons on the beach and then spend my evenings baking as much as possible.

The first recipe on my never-ending “to-bake” list is this beautiful Grapefruit Lemon Loaf. The loaf is moist and bright with a soft delicate crumb. It is the perfect dessert for when you are craving something buttery and rich with a splash a citrus.

And although grapefruit may be more of a winter fruit, I think it has a wonderful summer citrus flavor. This morning I ate my sliced, sugar grapefruit for breakfast on the deck and I can tell you, nothing makes a grapefruit sing quite like salty summer air.

I’ll have another slice of this loaf for dessert tonight, as I sit on the rooftop deck, watching the sunset and the sky turn precisely the color of a pink grapefruit.

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Grapefruit Lemon Loaf

Makes 1 Loaf

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Ingredients:

Loaf

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour or meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8.5in x 4.5in loaf pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt together until combined and no clumps of flour remain.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar together until creamed, about 3 minutes at a medium speed. Add vanilla extract, grapefruit zest and lemon zest and mix until combined. Add grapefruit juice, mix until combined and then add lemon juice and mix again until combined.
  4. Add eggs and mix until combined. The mixture may look separated, or not all of the way mix at this point, and that is okay.
  5. Add flour mixture to batter and mix on a low speed until just combined. Slowly add in milk and mix until the milk is just combined, be careful to not over mix.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake loaf for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Allow loaf to cool in the pan.
  7. While the loaf is cooling, sift powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Add grapefruit juice and salt and mix until combined and smooth. If the mixture is too thick to pour, add additional grapefruit juice one teaspoon at a time.
  8. Transfer the loaf to a cooling rack and pour glaze over the top of the loaf once it is completely cool. Slice to serve.
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