Monday, May 6, 2013

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread

I just love to have a nice flavored bread that we can enjoy with our morning coffee or afternoon tea, or maybe just a simple dessert for lunch or a casual supper.  This is a wonderful full flavored bread with a hint of sweet and savory in an unusual combination.  We really enjoy this bread and hope you will to.

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Candied Lemon Thyme Bread
Miz Helen's Kitchen
The Bread
Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons thyme
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup half and half
6 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon 
1 sprig thyme for garnish
Directions
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, together in a medium bowl and stir in the thyme
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar and beat until flufffy
Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition
Mix in the Half and Half, Lemon Zest, and Lemon Juice into the butter and sugar mix, alternately adding the dry ingredients
Mix just until the batter is mixed well and don't over mix
Pour the batter into a buttered 8 inch loaf pan 
Bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes
Remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack sitting on a cookie sheet
Glaze the bread with the syrup from the Candied Lemons
After the Glaze has had a chance to soak into the bread, about 15 minutes
Drizzle the Lemon Frosted Glaze over the Bread
Garnish with Candied Lemons
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The Candied Lemons
Ingredients
2 lemons
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Directions
Wash the lemons and slice 1/4 inch thick
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a large saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
Add the lemons, and cover the surface with a round of parchment paper.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer gently until the rinds are translucent, about 30 minutes.
Let the lemons cool in the syrup 
Take the cool lemons out of the syrup and dry on a rack sitting on a cookie sheet
Reserve the syrup to use as a glaze for the bread and also makes a great syrup for pancakes
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Lemon Frosted Glaze
Ingredients
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Directions
In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together and mix well until the desired consistency is reached
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Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Slice The Lemons

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Cook The Lemon In The Syrup

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Dry The Lemons

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Brush The Glaze On The Bread

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Glaze The Bread and Let It Set


Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Bread Has Great Flavor

Candied Lemon Thyme Bread at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
And This Loaf Is For You!

It was great to have you stop by today and have a nice slice of this Candied Lemon Thyme Bread with me and sure hope you enjoyed your stay at the cottage, oh and don't forget your bread.   We always look forward to your visits so hurry back to see us soon!
Peace and Joy

23 comments:

  1. WOW, awesome & flavorful bread ! I would like a slice, please :)

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  2. This is beautiful, Helen. Hope you can bring it over to What'd You Do This Weekend? http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/

    Lemon is my favorite. Never thought about the thyme, but they would be a perfect match. I'll have to make this.

    Have a wonderful week,
    Linda

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  3. Looks wonderful and sounds interesting!
    I've never tasted such a bread with thyme, and I'm curious now..... :)

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  4. Your bread is beautiful and I have lemon thyme in the yard-sounds good:@)

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  5. This is the most beautiful loaf of bread. Looks so delicious.

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  6. This looks divine....I'd love to have a slice and a cup of tea :)

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  7. G'day! Your recipe and photo have me drooling too!
    Great combination and I'd love a slice too!
    Cheers!
    Joanne
    What's On The List?
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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  8. What a beautiful quick bread, Miz Helen, and what an intriguing recipe! I can just imagine how deliciously the thyme contrasts with the sweet lemon. I've pinned your recipe to my Quick Breads board :)

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  9. Hi Miz Helen,
    Lovely bread! I sure wish that I could have a slice! Have a lovely day!

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  10. If only that were coming out of my oven right now...! Your pictures are beautiful, too! Hope your day has been as bright and sweet as your pictures and bread look! :)

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  11. Mmmm...love lemon flavor!!!

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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  12. Your photo of this bread is gorgeous, Miz Helen. When I saw it on FB I wanted a slice right away. I love the idea of thyme with the lemon and I love a glazed loaf. Mmmmmm!

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  13. Looks absolutely delicious. I love lemon. I am a new follower, so happy I stopped by.

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  14. Hi Miz Helen~ Your bread looks heavenly:) I would love a slice and a cuppa a tea~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  15. I so love all things lemon especially this time of year when I'm just dying for the freshness of lemons... great looking cake and glaze yum, Thank you so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday. Happy Mother's Day to you Miz Helen.

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  16. This bread sounds so yummy! I love anything lemon!

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  17. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured today on foodie friday. I will be pinning and tweeting it too this week. Thank you again for sharing it with us.

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  18. Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Rock ‘N Share! I shared it on my FB page this morning. Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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  19. This bread looks delicious, so much so that I featured it! Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe with Saturday Spotlight. Hope to see you at this weeks party!

    April
    Angels Homestead

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  20. This sounds absolutely delicious, Miz Helen! I will be featuring you tonight :)

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  21. Looks and sounds so good! I want to come stay at your house if you have treats like this just lying around! I've never made candied lemons, will give it a try, thanks!
    Jenna

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  22. Seriously the most gorgeous bread I have ever seen! I would have a hard time cutting into to ruin the pretty picture. But if it smells as good as it looks, I would quickly get over that and dive right in!

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Miz Helen