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Key Lime Bread….for tea-time!

Perfect with a cuppa your favorite tea!

 

I wandered around the kitchen with my cuppa tea, opening a cupboard door, staring at the contents inside. I gently pushed it closed. I opened the refrigerator. Examining the shelves, pulling open drawers, searching for what, I wasn’t sure.

I was wishing for a little something “special” to have with my cuppa.

Searching in an old magazine,  a great quick bread recipe and photo grabbed my attention. I made a few changes, mixed, stirred and baked… and voila…the answer to my craving came out of the oven filling the whole kitchen with a delicious aroma.

This key lime bread is sweet and slightly tart, perfect with a nice cup of English Breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

 

Key Lime Bread....for Tea-Time!
 
Delicious slightly tart lime bread that goes well with a cup of your favorite tea!
Author:
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons grated lime peel
  • 3 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice or fresh lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour~all purpose flour works great
  • 3 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts: pecans, walnuts or almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice or fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add lime peel, lime juice and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk. Fold in nuts.
  3. Spoon batter into two greased 9 x 5 x 3 in loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack.
  4. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely. Enjoy one with tea, freeze one for later!
  5. Happy Tea-Time!

 

Cut it up, make a cuppa, take a break & meditate….

 

My new all time favorite quote…and I made it up myself after a particularly harrowing week….

 

When life hands you a lemon, cut it up, make tea, take a break and meditate!

 

So, you probably guessed that my day/week/month was less than auspicious . I’m sure you’ve had those days, weeks, months….hopefully not years…when “it” goes from bad to worse.

 

When no matter how much or how hard or how long you’ve prayed, “things” just aren’t working out. That proverbial lemon drops from the sky, misses your skull, but lands in YOUR lap …uninvited, unwanted, and uncompromising.

 

 

Now, a whole lemon is only useful for decoration or zesting.


And if not consumed, deterioration ensues.

 

My solution: Cut it up…make a cuppa tea….take a break….and meditate.

 

 

A sliced lemon bursting with tartness suggests possibilities.

 

A problem carved up, divided, chopped and diced reveals solutions.

 

Tea is my respite in life. The ritual of boiling water, placing whole tea leaves in an infuser, steeping and then sipping the brew is my hiatus from chaos. In suspending reality for moments, the impossible is diluted, the possible clarified and I remind myself there are better days ahead! 

 

Have a tea-lightful day….and remember…cut that lemon up, make a cuppa, take a break and meditate!

Kate

I had to share this adorable video…..Maddie Grace Sings Lemon Drop

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