Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year and Grapefruit

by Lucy Arlington

Happy New Year to you all!

If you're like me, January 1st is like a fresh white page on which to create a better me. I make a list of goals and resolutions and begin the year with abundant optimism that I'll follow through on all of them. Of course, that
optimism falters now and then, and by December 31st, inevitably there are items not crossed off. But, the calendar turns to January and there is my fresh white page again.

Although my list varies from year to year, some items keep reappearing. The main one? To live healthier by eating better, exercising more and losing some weight. So when I was deciding what recipe to share with you today, that was in the back of my mind.

However, several weeks ago I baked a fantastic loaf that I know many of you will enjoy, and I had decided that it would be my next Cozy Cuisine recipe. So I was faced with a dilemma. How could I justify posting the recipe for this Grapefuit Poppy Seed loaf when I was supposed to curb sweets and baked goods from my diet?

And then I remembered my Aunt Helen. Whenever she wanted to lose a few pounds, she would eat an abundance of grapefruit. "Grapefruit helps you lose weight," she maintained. So there was my justification for this recipe. I hope you enjoy this unique twist on a lemon poppyseed loaf. It's delicious!

Are you making any resolutions for 2012?

Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated grapefruit peel and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan; line the bottom with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, poppy seeds, grapefruit peel and vanilla.
  2. Grapefruit syrup: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the remaining 11/3 cups granulated sugar and the salt on high speed, scraping down the sides, until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg mixture, a bit at a time. Scrape down the sides; mix for 3 minutes. Mix in the flour in 3 parts on low speed. Scrape into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack placed on a sheet of parchment paper. Using a skewer, poke holes into the loaf; brush with half of the grapefruit syrup. Let cool for 10 minutes.Run a knife around the sides to loosen, then invert onto the rack and brush with the remaining grapefruit syrup. Turn right side up and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Drizzle over the cake and let set before slicing.


Vickie said...

*grin* at the grapefruit diet. My mom believed in that, passed it on to me. I had to eat a grapefruit half every day, especially when we lived in Texas, since they grew in abundance there. My mom just knew it would help me lose weight and keep me from getting colds. I was pretty healthy back then, maybe I need to get my grapefruit knife out and fill up my bowl.

No resolutions for me. I feel like I used to set myself up for failure, so I now modify my behaviour that I started in October with going to the gym and eating smaller portions....and reading more books.....

Aurian said...

The only resolutions I make, have to do with reading. One of them is: reading at least 2 cozy mysteries a month :)

BusyMom said...

This looks SOOO good. I LOVE grapefruit but due to my medications I can not have it.

HOWEVER, this looks so good I am going to make it anyway and have a taste.

Lori Cimino said...

I dont make resolutions...I feel like I set myself up to fail.
However, that being said, health is in the cards for me this year and becoming more authentically the me that I am inside.

Ellery Adams said...

I don't do resolutions either. My daily mantra is to try to do one kindness for another person each day. This might be as small as paying a compliment to a stranger, but it makes me feel really good follow this guideline I set for myself a few New Years ago.

This loaf looks luscious, Lucy!

ev said...

Hubby and I love grapefruit but we have had to ban them from the house. They do not mix well when you have to take high blood pressure meds and he doesn't know how to say no!!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that grapefruit could interfere with medications. Wow! I learn something every day!

I know a lot of people who don't make resolutions. I just like the organizational aspect of taking stock and making a list. :-)

Ellery, I like your approach to life.

Good health and smiles to everyone!

Linda McDonald said...

When we bought our house it came with a grapefruit tree. Neither my or I are fans of grapefruit. Maybe I'll try your recipse and take some advantage of our tree!