Boy, you better make her raspberry swirl

September 14, 2008 · 0 comments

in breads and muffins,breakfast/brunch,healthy

I’ve been so behind on my blogging lately, and even more behind on all the great blog events that have been happening. In fact, I was in bed the other day and when I should have been sleeping, I remembered that an Eat to the Beat deadline was approaching and I had no idea what to make. After just a minute or two, I remembered the song “Raspberry Swirl” by Tori Amos and decided that would definitely work. I love Tori Amos. I remember getting From the Choirgirl Hotel the day it came out and discussing it with one of my friends in high school. She liked “Raspberry Swirl” the best. I was hesitant. It was ok, but kind of…weird. But of course it grew on me, big time, and it’s now one of my favorite songs on the album.

But anyway, back to Eat to the Beat. How had I not thought of this song before? I mean, it’s not really about food (far from), but the title could easily be applied to food. It’s definitely the easiest one I’ve thought of yet, and even easier to execute. Just think of something to stick a raspberry swirl in and be done with it. Right? Not so much.

See, my first idea was cheesecake bars which I ultimately should have just gone with. They would no doubt be tasty and the swirl would be striking against the white bars. But I had pretty much none of the ingredients for cheesecake bars, so I decided to make raspberry swirl blondies. In theory, these were a good idea (and tasty!) but in practice, not so much. First, as you know, blondies are golden in color. Second, I decided to mix some raspberry jam with a few tablespoons of batter which dulled the color way too much. And, while tasty, the blondies didn’t look particularly pretty.

Then, I was home alone all weekend because Tom’s friends were in town for a bachelor party. The weather was really awful and I was bored, so I decided to make something else raspberry swirled. A quickbread. This is ultimately what I will end up blogging below, but it wasn’t really my first choice (err, at this point, even my second). Sort of for the same reasons as above–the swirl is not as striking. And, it’s not terribly exciting or different from things I bake pretty much every Sunday–healthyish carbs to go with my eggs in my weekday breakfasts. 

So then I thought, of course. Angel food cake. A relatively healthier dessert, a pretty white canvas to work with, and a flavor that raspberry would complement. So, I mashed some raspberries that I figured I would layer in the batter and went by Alton Brown’s recipe. But, alas, I don’t have a nice tube pan with a removeable bottom. What I have is a tube/bundt pan that doesn’t have a tube that raises above the edges and also which apparently hates me. So, after all the whipping and the sifting and the slow dolloping into the pan (and even the use of a small ramekin to help prop my pan upside down to cool when it came out of the oven), I had the hardest time ever getting the damned cake out. It finally came out…but, well, not all of it. Part of it stuck in the pan, making a not very attractive angel food cake. And, I had some air pockets in the cake too. So, although it tasted good, it looked pretty awful. Sigh. 

And that’s when I decided that this Eat to the Beat was obviously not as easy as I had so naively imagined. And after my share of raspberry swirled items over the last few days, I decided to say screw it and post the quickbread. The funny thing is I always look at blog events to make something sort of sinful and that I wouldn’t normally make, but here I am making a variation on something I tend to make all the time. But, oh well.

Light Vanilla Quickbread with Raspberry Swirl
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3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup plain, fat free yogurt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup raspberry jam

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat the egg with the sugar until pale and smooth. Add the yogurt, vanilla, and oil and beat until just incorporated.

Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture in 2-3 additions until just incorporated (don’t overmix!).

Put about 1/2 of the mixture into the loaf pan, spreading evenly. Stir the jam vigorously to loosen it a little and then spoon it over the batter, but leave some space around all sides of the loaf. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of the loaf): Calories: 177 / Fat: 5g / Carbs: 30g / Protein: 3g

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