Buttermilk Lime Tea Bread and a Garden Report

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This Buttermilk Lime Tea Bread is adorned with sprigs of mint, including lavender mint, apple mint, spearmint and juicy fruit mint. There are also sprigs of perennial comfrey and lamium.

Buttermilk Lime Tea Bread

IMG_56331-3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees (if using a dark-colored pan, heat oven to 325 degrees). Grease a 8×4-inch or 9×5-inch loaf pan with shortening; dust with flour.

The following can be done with a large spoon. Mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, the baking powder and salt; set aside. In another bowl, stir egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, lime peel and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice until well blended. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Some lumps will remain. Spread in prepared pan.

Bake for about 60 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl, mix remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1 tablespoon sugar. Spoon lime juice mixture over top of warm bread. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan.

Baking notes: I used an 8-inch Bundt pan. As well as being decorative, there is no possibility of uncooked batter in the bread center, as there could be in a loaf pan. One large lime or two small ones will yield enough peel and juice for this recipe. Be sure not to overstir. Steel yourself, and the moment the batter is moist, stop stirring.

This is a nice, easy, summery little cake/bread, made special with the tartness of fresh lime, and which can be served with sliced strawberries. Not only can it be made a day ahead, but it should be made ahead, to allow the fresh lime flavor to develop. The original recipe came from a Betty Crocker booklet called “Spring Brunch.”

Garden Report

Although in appearance tranquil, my garden is humming with activity. The mother cardinal continues to sit on her nest, and at least one tiny cardinal has emerged from its egg.

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Saw this toad yesterday, adorned with a lilac flower. I am happy to see him!

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And here is a young robin, emerged from the bird bath and shaking himself dry. He seems to be in touch with his inner eagle!

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Now flowering: perennial comfrey, pulmonaria, wild geranium and wood poppy.

Found on a stroll at Johnson’s Mound: red trillium and giant white trillium! It was a thrill to see them. Peace, Fran

 

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