I love clementines. They are the perfect, bright refreshing little sunshine snack. They are so portable, you can just carry one around all day until you need a pick-me-up. But I also find clementines annoying, largely because around here they are sold almost exclusively in five to seven pound bags. I cannot eat five pounds of clementines before they start to shrivel and loose their juice. So I am sometimes reluctant to buy them, because I know I will end up with uneaten fruit sitting forlornly on my counter.
This lovely bread is one of my excess clementine solutions. It’s incredibly easy to whip up in the food processor and results in a sweet, citrus-y treat perfect for breakfast, tea or a great snack. This recipe started its life as away to use tangerines, but I have found this clementine incarnation the most practical.
Sticky Clementine Quick Bread
This moist sticky bread will stay delicious for three days wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. It can also be frozen for up to a month. Try making it in smaller loaf pans, even individual sizes, and share with your friends.
For the Quick Bread:
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon clementine zest, from two to four clementines, depending on size
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons self-rising flour
Pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons milk
For the Glaze:
4 Tablespoons clementine juice, from two to four clementines, depending on size
½ cup confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a standard 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray.
Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. The butter must be soft and at room temperature. If needed, microwave on half power in 15 second intervals until soft. Blend until the ingredients are just combined and smooth, about 1 – 2 minutes. Do not over process.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, then tap the pans on the counter to spread out the batter. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 15 – 20 minutes. A tester inserted in each loaf should come out clean.
While the loaves are cooking, whisk together the juice from the clementines and the confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
When the loaf is cooked, run a knife around the edges of the loaf to loosen from the pan. Poke the top of the loaf several times with the skewer. Drizzle the glaze over the loaf. Do this slowly so the glaze absorbs into the loaves. When the glaze is absorbed remove the loaf to a rack or a piece of waxed paper to finish cooling.
Let the loaf cool completely before serving.
Makes one loaf