Dad’s garden + gluten free~ lemon blueberry yogurt bread

by Suzanne on May 21, 2012

in Breads, Sweet Things

Aren’t lemons just a thing of beauty and these are the coveted Meyer variety.

One lone lemon hanging. Lemons stay on this tree almost year round since my parents do not use them much. But when I visit I do, in any way I know how. Like this morning I made a lemon yogurt blueberry smoothie with fresh lemon juice, frozen blueberries, coconut milk and honey, it was delicious.

Boysenberries are native or developed right here in Southern California at Knott’s Berry Farm just minutes from my home growing up.

I can hardly wait for my next visit as these little berries will be ready for eating and making into a cobbler!

My mom, me and my sister are rose lovers and this lavender beauty is a looker and it’s scent is heavenly.

There is beauty and there is STUNNING, I can’t believe how I almost missed these since they were tucked back behind some huge ferns and a trash can sat in front of them as my dad had been pruning and such.

They knock your socks off with vibrant color that looks so exotic. I had no idea cactus flowers were this amazing.

The kumquat tree is actually the neighbors but as you can see part of it is hanging over so I used a few in a smoothie :). Planning to make a compote or jam soon.

This tree is a tangerine tree that dad planted just a few years ago.

Last but not least is this pretty little apple tree that dad recently planted. It’s a 4 in one apple tree since the nursery where he bought grafted in 3 other varieties to the Golden Delicious.

I took a little visit to the beach while home and it was a gorgeous day with lots of wind surfing going on. It was clear enough to see San Pedro where so much of our imports from over sea’s come into port.

My parents and me the day I left to go home.

Lemons and blueberries come together in this bread with yogurt to make a moist and delicious gluten free bread. I adapted my bread from a recipe that I found on pinterest from the blog Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and just substituted the all-purpose flour for gluten free flour. I also made other miner changes, the recipe called for using a lemon flavored simple syrup but I choose not to use it since the loaf turned out so moist. One thing I didn’t take the time to do was toss my berries with flour before putting them into the batter, as a result the berries sank to the bottom 🙁 . Since my mom is gluten free she was just happy to have a sweet treat she could indulge in that was homemade and gluten free.

Dad’s garden + gluten free~ lemon blueberry yogurt bread

1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose gluten free flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
For the Lemon Glaze:
1 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of one 9 x 5-inch loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
Step 3: In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and butter. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.
Step 4: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing loaf to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
Step 5: To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff. Pour the lemon glaze over the top of loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving. Enjoy 🙂
Makes: 1-9×5 loaf

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Such pretty pictures, Suzanne! I love anything lemon and blueberry so this bread sounds fantastic!

2 Suzanne May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Thanks Laura, I just love how pretty the flowers and trees are in So. Cal. The bread is yummy too.

3 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Aww you have beautiful family! I sometimes wish that I lived in So Cal instead of SF because of the warm weather and all kinds of fruits trees. It’s too cold up here for Meyer lemons or yuzu tree (I want to have). You have kumquat too? My grandpa’s house used to have it too. Very nostalgic fruit tree. Beautiful trees and I wish I have beautiful garden like this! And your lemon blueberry yogurt bread looks AMAZING!! The lemon glaze… drool…and lots of blueberries…drool!!! I *think* I can make this…(yes I can yes I can…right? =D)

4 Suzanne May 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

You are so cute Nami, thanks for the comment. You can totally make this!

5 Choc Chip Uru May 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Your dad’s garden is fabulous and beautifully in bloom – everything looks out of a professional gardening book 😀
And this bread – oh my, it looks heavenly – I love blueberries and lemon together 😀

Choc Chip Uru

6 Suzanne May 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

thank you dear!

7 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 22, 2012 at 12:49 am

Such a beautiful garden. I can’t spend a lot of time just looking at the flowers and fruits. Our big lemon tree died a few years ago. Now we have a potted small-medium one that we need to move to the garden. It doesn’t yield as much and my husband is so protective of. I can’t even get a single leaf! I love anything cooked with lemons and blueberries. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of your parents and their garden.

8 Suzanne May 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

Thanks Row, cute that your hubby guards your lemon tree!

9 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 22, 2012 at 2:45 am

I’m so envious of your father’s garden AND your neighbor’s kumquats!

I love lemons and blueberries so this cake is definitely going to be made here soon.

10 Suzanne May 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

I know Maureen I am too, I wish we could grow fruit trees here in the Southwestern AR. but it just gets to cold in the winter. Thanks for stopping by.

11 Amy (Savory Moments) May 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

What a lovely garden! I am a little jealous 🙂 Your bread also sounds lovely, especially with the garden fresh lemon!

12 Suzanne May 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

Thanks Amy, my Dad does have a green thumb for sure, I did enjoy that bread looking at all the beauty around me and it was so nice.

13 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Your pictures are beautiful! I wish I had a garden looking like that! 🙂 The lemon bread sounds amazing! I could eat a piece while looking at that beautiful garden. 🙂

14 Suzanne May 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thank you Jessica, I wish I had my Dad’s garden too. Hope you get to try the bread out it’s really yummy.

15 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Gorgeous pictures! Love all the fresh fruit your parents have in their yard, jealous!! This bread sounds incredible!

16 Patty May 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for sharing part of your personal life, it’s nice getting to know you better! Your parents have a beautiful garden and daughter, I see a family resemblance in your photo;-) The bread is pinned;-)

17 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Patty, I always wonder whether or not to share more personal stuff in fears of people being bored to tears ha ha.

18 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) May 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

What beautiful photos! Love your Dad’s garden and the stunning flowers. I use to visit Knott’s Berry Farm as a kid and just loved it. This bread sounds amazing. I would probably make it with regular flour but will share the recipe with my gluten free friends. Have a wonderful rest of the week.!!

19 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

That is so fun to know you went to Knott’s Berry Farm when you were a kid, I used to work there too just one Summer right by Montezuma’s revenge roller coaster.

20 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

yay, this one’s a keeper! i love GF recipes even though I have no gluten sensitivities. i merely enjoy experimenting with many different flours! thanks for sharing! and wow, you guys have a beautiful garden! so lovely!

21 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Thanks Jen, it’s a really easy recipe.

22 The Café Sucré Farine May 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm

How fun to see your parents – they look like lovely people, just like you! Your photos are just beautiful Suzanne! How I would love to have all that fun stuff growing in my yard! The lemon bread looks so moist and very enticing!

23 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Thanks Chris you are so sweet. I would love to have all those things growing in my yard too my Dad is a great gardener.

24 Sandra's Easy Cooking May 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Pretty post! Love all your pics, and that bread look so yummy! Great for breakfast too!

25 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Sandra, your right about eating it for breakfast I did just that 🙂

26 Liren May 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

Aw, I love that picture of you with your family – what a beautiful shot! And then I have to say, how lucky to have a Meyer lemon tree – I would be making this bread all the time!

27 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks Liren, I would be making all kinds of lemon things if it were my tree too.

28 Magic of Spice May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

You have such a lovely family, and that garden is just amazing!
Oh, and the bread looks fantastic 🙂

29 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Alisha!

30 Terra May 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I want all that amazing, delicious, happiness in my backyard! Your parents are so lucky:-) Your smoothie sounds fantastic, so refreshing! I want a slice of that bread too please:-) Hugs, Terra

31 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Terra, your so sweet. I would gladly give you the bread and a smoothie 🙂

32 Kristi Rimkus May 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

What a beautiful garden. You’re pictures are fantastic. How lucky to have such an abundance of lovely fruit right in your own backyard! The smoothie sounds as wonderful and the sweet bread.

33 Nikaykay March 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

I have a question- the recipe directions mention mixing oil with the wet ingredients, however, the ingredient list does not have oil listed, how much oil does the recipe need? Please and thank you! I’m looking forward to making this!:)

34 Suzanne March 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Thank you for asking, it is actually supposed to be the butter, not oil.

35 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) May 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I love all the pictures but most of all the one of you and your mom and dad. And yay, I have everything I need to make this bread–looks great!

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