1.03.2010

Grapfruit ginger tea bread

Ah Grapefruit Season! One of my favorite parts of winter!

I learned something new while preparing this cake. I learned how to supreme a grapefruit. Isn't that exciting! Isn't it fun to learn a new skill in the kitchen or in life for that matter. It's my goal in 2010 to step a bit more out of my comfort zone with my cooking and try some things I've not tried before.

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I am such a grapefruit addict! I swear I could eat two or three a day! A gal I work with recently told me that she lived on a grapefruit farm once. She could reach out her window and pull a ripe grapefruit off of the tree in the morning to have for her breakfast. She told me she basically lived on grapefruit for a while.

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Grapefruit is an amazing fruit. The liquid from the seeds can be used to make an extract . The extract can be used medicinally to fight infection. I've used it a time or two. I can tell you, it is the most vile tasting stuff ever (If you've ever chewed up a grapefruit seed you know what I'm talking about), but boy does it work!

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This tea cake tastes 2.5 million times better than GSE!

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I found this recipe in the January 09 Vegetarian Times. I made a few changes to the original recipe.

Grapefruit Ginger Tea Bread
recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times

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3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
2 cups Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
6 oz Greek style honey yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup evaporated milk
3 tbsp canola oil
2 grapefruit segmented and roughly chopped (reserve juice for glaze)
1 tbsp grapefruit zest
1 tsp minced fresh ginger

Glaze

2/3 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp grapefruit juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a smaller bowl combine the eggs, yogurt, milk, oil, vanilla and ginger. Whisk to combine. Add in the grapefruit and zest. Stir to combine.

Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just moistened and no lumps remaining. Fold in pecans.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for one hour on wire rack. Remove from loaf pan and allow to cool completely.

For the glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar and 1 tbsp juice in a small bowl. Add the remaining juice a drop at a time until the icing is pourable but not runny. Pour over cake.

Serve with tea or coffee.

This is fabulous! Give it a try soon!

Have a great first week of 2010 everyone!

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50 comments:

Dustjacket Attic said...

Ooo Kim I'm lovin' the look of that tea bread, yummy.
xxx

Jenn said...

Lovely bread. I love grapefruit, too. I could eat them up like there's no tomorrow.

Ginger said...

Hey Kim,

OK! I love this bread and definitely will give it a try. Do you ever sleep? I thought I would be the only one up this early? My youngest son is staring his second half of his senior year. My oldest doesn't go back to University of South Florida until next week. Have a great day!

Gin

Katy ~ said...

Well if it's 2.5 million times better tasting than GSE then I'm on this bandwagon, LOL!! (Never heard of GSE, so will have to look into that!). I digress. I love grapefruit too, have never seen it in a quick bread, so you have my utmost attention. This sounds sooo good. Wish I had a grapefruit or I'd make this this morning! (she says, adding grapefruit to next week's grocery list...)

ck said...

I'm with you 100% on grapefruit love. It makes me so happy when I can bring a huge bag of them home and peel the segments to eat like oranges. But to bake with them? I've never even considered it a possibility. Guess I'll be bookmarking yet another one of your recipes. You rock!

Dajana said...

Oh, man, that cake is right my alley!
I'm making it definitey as soon as I'm back home.
The taste must be heavenly. And grapefruits are very healthy stuff, too.

Donna-FFW said...

What a gorgeous loaf! Sounds like its packed with flavor and health benefits. Lovely choice!

Joanne said...

My roommate in college loved grapefruit so much that she insisted her parents put a tree in their backyard (she is from Phoenix, AZ). I know she would absolutely love this bread! thanks so much for the recipe..looks amazing.

TKW said...

That's funny! You and I are sisters in the grapefruit love! Everyone thinks I'm a freak, but I love it! I order a case of Texas ruby red grapefruit every winter and eat the WHOLE thing myself!

I am totally making this.

Susan said...

We are blessed with many neighbors here in Florida that have large grapefruit trees in their yards, and they are always willing to share their bounty.

Cathy said...

Way to go, Kim! Your photos are wonderful! And that's a mighty tasty looking loaf of bread as well.

♥peachkins♥ said...

love the last photo! absolutely mouthwatering...

foodcreate.com said...

Cold, winter months seem to melt away when you eat grapefruit. Great recipe, great website. happy New Year!!!

Mini Baker said...

mmmm mouthwatering! i LOVE grapefruits... so i will have to give this one a dry!
great photos too!

Angie's Recipes said...

Absolutely delicious!

Angie's Recipes said...

Absolutely delicious! I love grapefruit.

5 Star Foodie said...

This tea bread sounds amazing with grapefruit! I would definitely love to try it!

A Year on the Grill said...

this is a wonderful recipe. My Mother lives in Arizona and has a grapefruit tree in her yard... she eats one every day, and is a very active 70 plus...

BUT... I just LOVE your photo skills for this post well done!

jenjen said...

Mmmmm, I love grapefruit! That tea bread looks just scrumptious! Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is a really wonderful year for you and your family!!!

XOXO
Jen

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow I also adore Grapefruit, what a great cake

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is an interesting post on grapefruit. I didn't know that grapefruit seeds are a potent infection fighter - good to know for the next time I get sick.

Bread looks terrific!

Noelle said...

mmmmmm...that bread looks yummy! i'm a grapefruit lovah! especially the ruby reds! bliss!

Joyce said...

Kim this is a must to bake since I love grapefruit and I like the ingredients.
Joyce

Tara said...

"Supreme a grapefruit"? What a great phrase!!

Danielle said...

Oh my goooooodness! that looks delish! And I love ginger! the smell...the taste....everything. I bet its great paired with grapefruit.

Adam said...

I eat grapefruit seeds for breakfast.... ok not really :)

But I do really enjoy the fruit too. Probably over oranges, which are overrated like crazy.

I'd like to have this with some sweet tea or coffee, depending on how sweet it is :)

teresa said...

grapefruit? in bread? i'm LOVING this! awesome idea!

Tiago Lopes said...

Great cake....congratulations-.....................

HoneyB said...

This is gorgeous - and I love the grapefruit!

noble pig said...

Delicious looking, I love grapefruit too.

nanny said...

How pretty!!! I love grapefruit too. I use to eat one every morning when I was working. We would get a delivery from UPS about the time I was enjoying mine and one morning the delivery girl said "Why do you eat those".....duh....I like them!!!!
I am going to make this bread soon!

Allyson said...

Oh grapefruit and ginger make me hurl...but I'm willing to give it a try in the spirit that 2 wrongs may make a right. :D
Now off to search your site in hopes of learning how to de-core a mango...

Sophie said...

OOoooh,..Wawww!!

Ginger plus grapefruit is the best!! And to add this in a cake aka bread must taste awesomly delicious!

Thanks!!

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks great!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a lovely bread! I have a serious craving for fresh grapefruit now..

Connie Weiss said...

I just ate my first grapefruit the other day....and I didn't really like it. But I'd love to try it in a bread!

Randi Troxell said...

oh i so bet i would love this.. b/c i truly love grapefruit!!

kallaydoscope said...

ohmygod, yum! this is making my mouth water. i *love* grapefruit and i am admittedly a honey snob. luckily, i know a couple of beekeepers who give me honey for free. haha! it's delicious.

i'm also a big fan of ginger. pickled, fresh... whatever. just love it.

i wonder if you could make an infused simple syrup with ginger and instead of the traditional glaze, pour the simple syrup on top?

thank you for another fantastic recipe! this looks wonderful!

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

Wow - never tried Grapefruit or ginger bread! I will have to try it

Claudia said...

How pretty! I love that winter is grapefruit season instead of cabbage season! I adore grapefruits! (Yay, I finally adore something healthy) The tea bread just glistens.

Faith said...

Your pics of the grapefruit are so pretty! I've never had grapefruit cake but I definitely think I'd love it! It looks incredibly moist and delicious!

Juliana said...

Happy New Year Kim! Never had grapefruit in cake, sounds and looks very yummie! Refreshing kind of cake :-)

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

This really does sound delicious! Even though I'm not a fan of grapefruit, ;)

Julie said...

Wow, yummy and different looking. Love it!

Stacy said...

Looks lovely! Great flavors and i love grapefruit!

Lisa said...

Interesting recipe! I have to say, I've never baked with grapefruit. The ginger is also a surprise but sounds fantastic. Best of all, it looks delicious.

Justin said...

i love grapefruit too, but i've never baked or cooked it in any way

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I LOVE eating graefruit but I would have never considered using grapefruit in a recipe! This is very interesting, I shall have to try it.

Anything with fruit in it gets an automatic stamp of approval from me. ;)

I have to say the woman who says she lived on grapefruit made me think of the song "Grapefruit Diet" by Weird Al. Oh too funny.

pigpigscorner said...

I love grapefruit but have never cooked with it before. Looks and sounds great!

Julia said...

I have been "off" my cooking groove for a while so need to jump back on with this one. It looks awesome! :)

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