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Lemon Blueberry Bread

So I don’t know about you, but we have been having really strange weather the past couple of weeks. One day will be sunny and 60 degrees, then the next day we will have inches of ice and snow. Then it will melt and repeat.

I am getting tired of the inches of ice and snow part, but I am loving the 60 degree days. I can get out and walk to the grocery store without freezing, open the windows, and generally enjoy the sun that I haven’t seen enough of in a while.

To celebrate these fleeting glimpses of spring (and an aunt’s birthday), I made one of my most popular desserts. The bright lemon and juicy blueberries inspire feelings of spring even on the snowy days.

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This delicious lemon blueberry bread can be made in loaf pans, but for special occasions I like to bake it in my Bundt pan, making for a more beautiful presentation.

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The bread itself is moist and bright. The icing, however, really “makes” it. I always put some of the icing on the bread and reserve the rest of it to spoon over each serving.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Warning: this bread is incredibly addictive. My husband and I had it every morning for breakfast… and then I had to make more as soon as it ran out. We went through three loaves in a much shorter time period than I care to admit.

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I have been looking for a while for a really good cinnamon raisin bread recipe. I usually found recipes for enriched bread with a raisin and cinnamon swirl, which, while delicious, were never “cinnamony” enough for me. About a year ago, however, my in-laws gave me Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I like that Reinhart explains the science behind the bread baking, and I have used the book extensively.

This bread is chock full of raisins, cinnamon, and sugar. It is perfect toasted or not, with a generous smear of butter.

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