Thursday, June 19, 2014

Low Sugar Raspberry Swirl Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

There was a great sale on blueberries, raspberries and blackberries this week at the local health food store and I stocked up.  I knew I wanted to make blueberry jam and raspberry jam, and finished those this morning. I love being able to make my own jam with the Ball Electric Jam Maker (see earlier post).

Once they cooled and were refrigerated, I decided to put some of the excess raspberry jam to good use.  I would not have thought to layer the jam in the middle of the quick bread without the ingenuity of other food bloggers. This recipe is delicious and the original recipe is linked below.

I love trying new things, changing ingredients just a little, and still have it turn out delicious.  And I really didn't think I loved poppy seeds that much, but in this bread, they melt in your mouth and add great flavor!

This tastes as good as it looks - maybe even better :)

Low Sugar Raspberry Swirl Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

adapted from Eat Cake for Dinner

1/4 c. butter, softened
3/8 c. Truvia Baking Blend
1 egg
1 egg white
2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1 tsp. double vanilla extract)
3/4 c. non-fat vanilla bean Greek yogurt (I used Fage FroYo vanilla)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda (if using regular sugar, decrease the baking soda to 1/4 tsp.)
1/8 tsp. salt (otherwise known as a dash!)
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1/3 c. raspberry jam (I used my low sugar homemade raspberry jam)

Lemon Glaze

1 c. powdered sugar

2 Tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. meringue powder (optional) to help harden the icing.  A great tip from Jen!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and Truvia Baking Blend.  Add the egg, egg white, vanilla extract, lemon zest and mix until well blended.   In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds and whisk together  Add dry ingredients and Greek yogurt alternately to the batter, starting and ending with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do NOT overmix.
Spread half of the batter into a 9x5-inch lightly greased loaf pan.  Top with raspberry jam, and spread over the batter leaving about 1/2" border of batter.  Do not swirl the jam.  Top with the remaining batter and carefully spread out evenly to the edges, being sure to cover all of the jamBake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert to a wire rack and cool completely. Meanwhile, make the glaze.

Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread (see photos) or cover the whole loaf with the glaze, your preference.

The jam is my  homemade low sugar raspberry jam. YUM!

This will definitely be making a return appearance often at the breakfast table.  
It is the perfect complement to a cup of coffee - and makes a great mid afternoon snack too!

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