Recipe Adventure: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

This recipe is a variation on the lemon loaf I posted a while ago. It’s pretty much the exact same recipe, adding poppy seeds. It’s got a wonderful subtle crunch and flavour.

lemon poppy seed loaf recipe

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup coconut oil

Set aside:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ¼ x 2 ½-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper if desired.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and poppy seeds into one bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
With a spatula, fold the coconut oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Then, simmer 1/3 cup lemon juice and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves.

When the cake is done, cool for 10 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer, then while the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.

lemon poppy seed loaf recipe

DIY Vintage Book Page Table Runner

For Amy’s bridal shower, I created a table runner from old romance novels. Below, i’ll walk you through the steps to create your own for any event.

table-runner-diy

Roll out your ikea paper to the length you want your table runner to be. This will be the base of your project. I found it easier to have something to glue the pages to instead of trying to glue the pages to themselves. You’re then going to carefully remove the pages from your books and lay them onto the paper glueing as you go. They don’t need much glue, you can go back after and glue down the areas that stick out. It’s pretty straight forward. It really looks best if you find a book that has pages that are more of an older yellow tone, it gives more of a vintage vibe.

diy book page table runner

Party Favours

For my friends bridal shower, I wanted to create a simple and useable party favour. I purchased some tiny glass bottles from Michaels and filled them with Japanese Roasted Rice Tea. Then I designed and printed small labels to hang on the bottles with string from the dollar store. The photos explain it further.

favours

Earl Grey Cake Recipe

I recently experimented with a new cake recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday. He requested an Earl Grey flavoured cake after I raved about how good the Earl Grey donuts were from Cartems. I searched the internet for a recipe and couldn’t find anything good, so I decided to create my own and share it with you. Happy Baking!


Ingredients:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs (room temperature)
½ of a vanilla bean
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons of good quality loose leaf Eary Grey tea (whole leaf)
1 tablespoon of good quality loose leaf Eary Grey tea (ground)

Directions:

(This recipe makes one 8-inch cake)

1. Preheat oven to 345F. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.

2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.

3. In your mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon ground tea leaves until light and fluffy. The scent of the tea leaves will emerge.

4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

5. In a small saucepan, heat milk and 3 tablespoons of whole tea leaves until just boiled, remove from heat and let steep for a few minutes until the milk changes colour. Strain out the tea leaves and set the “tea milk” aside.

6. Add the combined flour mixture into the wet mixture, and finally pour in the “tea milk”. Mix just until blended.

7. Immediately pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. (bake time may vary depending on your oven, watch closely near the end and check for doneness with a toothpick)

Icing:

1 ½ cups icing sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 ½ tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of ground earl grey tea

Combine all ingredients in your mixer and whip until the scent of the tea emerges.
You can adjust the recipe for thicker or thinner icing by using more or less icing sugar and butter.