Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Poppy Seed Citrus Loaf

3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons orange zest (about the zest of 2 oranges)
1 teaspoon lemon zest (about the zest of half a lemon)
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 cups Greek yogurt (I used this product)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 350°F then grease and line two 9x5" loaf pans with parchment paper. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
2, In another large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffly. Blend in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla and zests.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, alternating with Greek yogurt. Start and finish with the dry ingredients. The batter will be thick.
4. Divide batter among prepared pans and bake 40-50 minutes until browned on the bottom and golden brown on top and toothpick comes out clean.
5. In a small saucepan bring sugar and orange juice to a boil then simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Brush syrup over each loaf and let loaf cool completely and absorb the syrup. Slice & serve!

Makes 2 loaves.

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