Two flavors that marry perfectly together are blueberry and lemon, and this blueberry oatmeal bread features both in a quick bread loaf with a scone-like consistency. The oatmeal in this bread imparts a pleasant chewiness to the crumb, and the subtly sweet batter allows the flavor of the fresh berries to truly shine. Serve this bread on its own fresh from the oven, or toast and slather butter. Either way, this is a recipe you really must try!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, whisking to combine. Stir in oats.
- Beat shortening and brown sugar together until incorporated. Beat in eggs until mixture is fluffy; gradually stir in buttermilk and ¼ teaspoon lemon zest. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and stir just until all dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans. Gently fold blueberries into the batter by hand.
- Spread batter into a greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out. Spread immediately with the glaze, and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
- Place powdered sugar, lemon juice, milk and salt in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine, adding more milk as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture is of thick but pourable consistency. Drizzle over the prepared loaf.
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