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Lemon and Strawberry Loaf

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For today's post I would like to express my appreciation to my reader Amanda. I've never thought my silent reader whom I've never even met before is so kind and generous to share this recipe not only to me but also to you too. Amanda told me she got this book Helen Jackson's Kitchen when she was in New Zealand and she'd baked this many times for friends and relatives. Outwardly the loaf looked ordinary but they were bowled over by the 'explosion' of flavours. How can I resist not making it after hearing such temptation? The original recipe was to use raspberries and since Amanda told me she used strawberries to replace, so I'm following too. The sweet and firm Korean strawberries are very suitable to use in this bake. I must say the end result is the best ever as there is no better flavour combination than lemon and berry, a complete delicious recipe. As the author said "This loaf is moist and full of flavour. While easier to slice when cold. It's difficult to resist when it is warm from the oven." Hope everyone of you will try to bake this at home too.




Helen Jackson is New Zealand Woman's weekly Food Editor. You can visit her site at 
Food Lovers.co.nz for more lovely recipes.


Lemon and Strawberry Loaf


       Ingredients:
      125g Butter, softened
      220g  (1 cup) Sugar (I used 185g)
      2 Large eggs
      160g (1 1/4cup) Self raising flour
      30g (1/4 cup) Dessicated coconut
      100ml (1/2 cup) Natural yoghurt
       finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon (35-38g lemon juice)
      150g Fresh strawberries, cut into quarters



      Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 23cm x 12cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Then add lemon rind and juice.
  • Stir in flour, dessicated coconut, yoghurt and strawberries with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour mixture into loaf tin and smooth the top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.





I'm sharing this with Bizzy Bakes - Meatless Monday



84 comments:

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  1. Wow ... another 很美又好吃的蛋糕出炉了

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    1. Chris, Remember to buy the fresh strawberries.

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  2. That is a lovely cake. It's true that using Korean strawberries really make wonders of cake.

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  3. What a gorgeous loaf - and source of inspiration!

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  4. This looks easy to make, but as I'm not a coconut fan, think I'll need to come up with a substitute for it. Nice clicks!

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    1. Cheah, I think you can omit the desiccated coconut as only 30g is used.

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  5. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for following my blog.

    By the way I have clicked through to some of your ads to "spread the love"

    Carole's Chatter

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  6. My mum would love this! Saw some nice strawberry at fairprice, should grab some and make this for her :) Thanks for sharing Ann :)

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  7. Perfect cake for tea time :-). My "To Bake" list is getting longer.

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  8. Hi Ann

    Thanks, and don't mention it. It was a pleasure to have shared with you the recipe.

    Amanda

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    1. Hi Amanda,

      Thank you very much for sharing this lovely recipe. Everyone at home enjoyed this cake very much. In fact I made the 2nd one yesterday for a friend.

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  9. Thats a very lovely cake with the bursts of strawberries !

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  10. Oh I can imagine the great combination flavor of this recipe. You have also present the cake beautifully. :)

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    1. Li Shuan, I always love your compliment... hahaa... sounds so thick skin! :DD

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  11. Can never get enough of strawberries. Yum!

    Hey Ann, finally got my Drop-down Menu working. I'm half-dead liao; so tedious. Lol! Do chk out my post on Limpets, The Poor Man’s Abalone & at the same time, take a look at my newly revamped Cooking Page & let me know if u like the new change. All to your credit, dear!

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    1. Shirley, You most welcome:) I saw it! Nice and need job.

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  12. yummy...saw this in your FB...makes me drool

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  13. Hi Ann....i m so inspired by ur baking..btw, if without the dessicated coconut..do u think the taste will be much of different ?
    your loyal fans fom today onwards..
    KYM

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    1. HI KYM, Thank you for stopping by. You can omit the dessicated coconut as only small amount is used. Perhaps you can also consider to use blueberry to replace strawberry.

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    2. Yes, blueberry is just as nice. I baked one for my son's teacher - too lazy to dice the strawberries, so I bought a punnet of blueberries, and my son said the teacher and the class enjoyed it very much.

      amanda

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    3. Amanda, I'm going to bake one with blueberries too.

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  14. Dear Ann,

    Can I omit the dessicated coconut or replace it with other ingredients? Will it make a huge different in the loaf without the coconut?

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  15. Hi,Can i replace Self-raising flour with normal plain flour,is it the same and do i need to add something else (eg baking powder), please advise.

    Thanks
    Wendy

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    1. Wendy, I just google on the website stating that you can use 1sp of baking powder to every cup of plain flour.

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  16. wow adding coconut is something new - I do love the lemon strawberry combination so this will be on my to-do list now ;p

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  17. strawberries, yougurt and coconut! who can resist this loaf!

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  18. Hi Ann! Lemon and strawberry sounds wonderful! You have such a wonderful reader. :-) This is a perfect treat for tea or even breakfast... =)

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    1. Thank you Nami. I'm so touched when my reader told me she want to share this great recipe with me.

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  19. Fantastic loaf. Will definitely try it out! I will just add strawberries to this lovely lemon cake I made recentrly: http://vkusnoteka.blogspot.com/2012/04/blog-post.html Of course I will omit the chocolate chips :)

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    1. Hi Annie, I saw your lemon cake post. Looks pretty and remember to add strawberry when you want to bake it again.

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  20. Love the word explosion of flavors ! hahaha This cake looks gorgeous ! Love the moistness so as the generous slices of strawberries :D Really great during tea time or anytime ! ;D Photos as beautiful as always !

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    1. Anne, I already baked this cake the second time and I'm going to bake it again...hahaa.. You want to come for tea with me?

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  21. Mmm, looks delicious and elegant!

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  22. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesApril 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Like your presentation and I am sure the cake taste excellent :)

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  23. Dear, I believe these combination taste heavenly. Berries in the cake, oh wow!!!

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    1. Yes Han Ker, This is a very delicious cake. Hope you'll try it too.

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  24. I can imagine how flavorful this loaf is! Certainly will like to bake this too. Thanks for sharing another great bake!

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  25. THat is a very lovely and delicious looking loaf of cake! I just love cakes with fruits added!

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  26. Now I am hungry I want some of those

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  27. Yummy...this looks soooooooo good..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  28. That is one delicious looking loaf. Thanks to Amanda for the recipe and thank you Ann for a beautiful presentation.

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  29. 这蛋糕应该甜而不腻 due to the citrus lemon in there :)

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  30. I can't wait to try this recipe with ur raving, Ann.

    Like ur new wooden board background (t's new in ur blog right?)

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    1. Angel, This is a must must try recipe! You'll love it.

      hehee...you got sharp eyes. This is the second time I used it. The first time was in my Green Tea Tiramisu.

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    2. When did u make green tea tiramisu ??! Why I miss it?

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    3. Btw, when I wanted to make this cake just realized the lemon in my fridge had rotted. Sigh got to wait for another time when I get ready all the ingredients .

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    4. Angel, My Green Tea Tiramisu was based on the book of Okashi. This link is here http://www.anncoojournal.com/2011/02/green-tea-tiramisu.html

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  31. Beautifully baked again, the loaf is moist enough, isn't it! I should have an excuse to eat more due to the reduced sugar amount : ).

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    1. Yes the cake is not very sweet because of the amount of lemon juice added.

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  32. The cake looks moist and yummy! Lemon pairs well with any fruits! Would love to have a slice with a cup of tea!

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  33. O that sounds like a perfect combination indeed. love strawberries and even though I've never successfully baked with them due to their 'wet' nature, I'm def gonna try this gorgeous cake!

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  34. I would love have a slice or two with my morning coffee..looks so moist and delicious! You are pro in this department and in my book! Thank you for sharing love and have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you Sandra dear :) I'm so flattered by your compliment.

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  35. hi ann, after making the strawberry cake for my last bake event, i realised how good it was in bakes. Let me keep this recipe first, see i might use other berries in time to come. Thank you!

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  36. Thank you for sharing your reader's recipe. I love the flavor and have baked it twice. Both times the cakes turned out very crumbly. The oven temp,baking tin,mixing time,baking time all checked. What could have gone wrong? Gracie Young

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    1. Hi Gracie,

      mmmm...my cake also quite crumbly but I think is acceptable. I'm waiting the reply from Amanda to see check whether I've added too much yoghurt.

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    2. Hmm...mine wasn't that crumbly but Ann, from the photo, your cake doesn't seem to be crumbly too. Actually, it tastes much better after putting in the fridge overnight; it was also easier to slice.

      Amanda

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    3. Thanks Amanda. I also sliced the cake after putting in the fridge.

      Grace, Amanda told me she used 125ml of the natural yoghurt - the brand called Asli (blue colour tub) Natural yoghurt from Nestle. Hope this helps :)

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  37. Beautiful! My mouth is watering just looking at this loaf:)

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  38. This looks sooooo good. Two of my fave flavors.

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  39. Mi querida Ancoo me encantan los bizcochos de limón luce absolutamente hermoso,me llevo una rebanada para mi desayuno,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  40. Oh Ann, I love this type of cake very much. Lemon+Strawberry, I like the combo! Yes yes yes, this is going to my cook list now. How long is your cook list, Ann? I lost nearly all of the recipes that I want to try when my computer was broken but in such a short period, the list is built up again!

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  41. Ann, you know I have been wanting to bake this recipe since you posted it up. And hoping I can give you a comment after that...but I didn't get the chance to bake it! Argh! Ok gonna promise myself to bake it before Friday...thanks for sharing this! :)

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  42. Oooh...this looks pretty and tempting! I love that coconut is added. I'm sure it gives a lovely flavour. This makes me want to bake again :D

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  43. Looks delicious this lemon and strawberry loaf...I like the idea of yogurt and coconut in it...I just need a cup of tea now :)
    Hope you are having a great week Ann!

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  44. hmmm! Loving this loaf! Looks very crumbly and delicious!!

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  45. It looks very fresh and loaded with seasonal flavours!

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  46. The cake looks delicious Ann. So nice of Amanda to share it with all of us.

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  47. I lived for a couple of years in New Zealand and loved that magazine.

    This lemon and strawberry loaf looks so good. Anything with yoghurt in it is healthy and you're allowed 2 pieces, right?

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  48. This really is a beautiful loaf cake. I totally agree with you that I love the lemon and berry combo! Gotta give this recipe a try.

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  49. That is a lovely loaf and delightful recipe :)

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  50. Ann, this is just lovely! It sounds so simple to make and what a treat that it has an explosion of flavor...yes, how could one resist?!! How wonderful it is to have such kind readers!

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  51. The cake looks very delicious! I've nominated you an award, hope you'll like it!

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  52. looks really pretty and delicious!

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  53. This is a lovely cake. !

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  56. Looks good , definitely I will try it when I free

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