Whew! After a crazy fun weekend with my friend Dana, who came to visit, it took me a couple days to get caught up on schoolwork, sleep, all those important little details. And laundry. Which is why I’m just getting around to posting this week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe, and why I’ll be quick. Our recipe this week was chosen by Melissa of Lulu the Baker. She’s such a sweet person, just celebrated her blog-iversary, and has a super cute site (or maybe that’s just my love of polka dots talking). Anyway, check her out, and you can also find the recipe for this cake there.
I was really happy with how easy this recipe was- the hardest part was splitting the batter evenly, as I made three mini loaf pans. They were 3 inches by 5 3/4 inches, and took 27 minutes to bake. I chose to omit the poppy seeds, becasue they’re not my favorite thing in the world, and also because I didn’t have any. The only other little change I made was to use some simple syrup I already had in place of the syrup we were supposed to make with orange juice. I didn’t think the orange taste in this bread was as strong as I had expected, so next time I think I’ll actually use the orange syrup, or maybe a little bit of orange extract in the batter. However, the orange I used in the batter didn’t have that super strong orange smell when I cut it, so it might have just been the orange.
All in all, though, I really enjoyed this. It was more dense than I expected, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I loved how citrus-y it made my apartment smell, and I was happy with how well it divided into three loaves. I have one out now, and I think I’m going to take the other two home this weekend, one for my parents and one for my grandparents. I wonder what could be mixed in mixed in with this besides poppy seeds?
Check out the rest of the SMS’ers at the blogroll and see what everyone else is up to. And if you’re interested, we’re baking out of the Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy- you should really go pick up a copy!