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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Blueberry Orange Loaf

This post goes out to my pal Nicki Terry, a dear friend and old roommate who used to beg me to make this recipe on at least a weekly basis. Love you, Nicki. Miss you dearly.

Blueberry Orange Loaf

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice, divided
4 teaspoons grated orange peel, divided
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries, or frozen blueberries (thawed)
2 tablespoons honey

Put boiling water in a small boil; add butter and stir until melted. Add 1/2 cup orange juice and 3 teaspoons of the orange peel. Beat egg with sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with orange liquid; beat until smooth.

Fold in berries. Bake in a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan in a 325° oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn out onto a rack or tray. Mix 2 tablespoons orange juice with 1 teaspoon rind and the honey. Spoon over hot loaf; cool before serving.

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