The holiday season is also the high season for work parties. Sometime, in the next 2-4 weeks, there is a good chance you or someone you love will be called upon to bring baked goods to work. And that’s fine. You probably don’t know your co-workers like you think you do–Lord knows they don’t know all the weird things you like. But it’s a pretty safe bet they like baked goods. That’s what makes sharing baked goods better than, say, Secret Santa.
This lemon-ginger quick bread is perfect for bringing to work. As the name suggests, it’s pretty quick to make. It transports well. It’s sweet, but it doesn’t have a ton of sugar, and let’s face facts, you’re going to be eating plenty of sugar between now and January 1. Most importantly, it tastes good. The lemon and buttermilk give it a wonderful tang and the ginger and sugar complement one another wonderfully.
Fresh Lemon Ginger Quick Bread
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk (or yogurt)
1/4 cup lemon juice
zest of two lemons
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread loaf dish.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, ginger and salt. In another small bowl, combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, zest and fresh ginger.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy for 4 minutes, then add the sugar and beat for another 4 minutes, until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time. With mixer on low add half of the flour mixture, and then half of the liquid, then the final half of the flour, and then the remaining liquid.
Spoon the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 50 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 15 minutes and then remove from baking dish. Serve immediately, or wrap tight with plastic wrap or foil.
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