December 5, 2011

Homemade Gift Week: Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves & KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway! {Naptime Simple Tips}

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Welcome to Naptime Chef homemade gift week! This week we are going to talk all about edible homemade gifts. I, for one, am so excited to give my friends some of my favorite homemade gifts this season. Do you make anything for your friends and family? I’ve heard some people say they are hesitant to give edible homemade gifts because they think it means they have to tackle complicated, intimidating recipes. But I can assure you this is not the case. There are many tasty and easy recipes that are very simple to make and are terrific presents. Those are the ones we will talk about this week!

Today I am sharing a recipe for Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves, one of my favorite easy tea breads to give as gifts. I whip up the batter in one bowl during naptime and bake them in individual paper baking pans. Then I just wrap the baking pans in clear plastic bags and tie them with a ribbon. Voila! A homemade gift!

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To add to the fun this week my friends at Duda Farm Fresh Foods are providing a great giveaway package that will run all month long! It includes a weekly giveaway of one tote of fresh Meyer Lemons and a $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card. The entries from each week will then be compiled into one big pool at the end of the month and a grand prize winner will receive a brand new KitchenAid mixer (!!!) How cool is that? Here is how you can enter to win the Meyer Lemon gift packages and be entered into the KitchenAid mixer grand prize drawing! Check it out, isn’t it pretty? It is a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Majestic Yellow.

To keep this challenge fun I encourage you to post pictures of your homemade edible gifts or tell us about it on Twitter (tag @TheNaptimeChef) or by tagging The Naptime Chef Facebook fanpage. If you do this, you’ll get extra entries to win the awesome giveaway. I also hope you’ll join my group Pinterest Board Titled “Project #13: Homemade Gifts! and pin up some of your favorite homemade gift recipes!

If you want to become one of my official blogging sponsors write a post about your favorite homemade gift recipe and link to this post on your blog. I’ll include a list of sponsors in my daily posts as well as in my weekly newsletter. Last but not least, check out the official rules below and tune back in here every day this week. Yes, I’ll be posting EVERY DAY and will even have an extra special guest post from a friend and food blogger – you don’t want to miss a single thing!

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Rules for Homemade Gift Giveaway & KitchenAid mixer grand prize!:

1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite homemade edible gift to give or receive.

2. Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right hand corner) – I’ll check!

3. Become a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook
4. Visit Duda’s website and tell me what recipe you would like to try to make using meyer lemons (use the ‘Older Entries’ link at the bottom of the page to view even more recipes). Leave a comment telling me which recipe.

5. 1 Extra Entry: Share the link to this post with your friends on Facebook and link to @TheNaptimeChef Facebook fanpage

6. 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and link to hashtag @TheNaptimeChef

7. 1 Extra Entry: Follow me on Stumbleupon and stumble this entry by clicking the green thumbs up.

8. 6 Extra Entries: Share the post about this article from my Facebook fanpage to at least 10 friends to help The Naptime Chef get to 4,000 fans by New Years! (I can see who shares what, so I will note when you share!)

9. Weekly winners will be announced on Sunday December 11th at 7:00am ET, Sunday December 18th at 7:00am ET, and Monday December 26th at 7:00am ET. The GRAND PRIZE drawing for the KitchenAid mixer will be announced on December 30th at 7:00opm.

10. All winners will be selected by Random.org. Each week the contest for the Meyer Lemon Tote and $25 giftcard will start fresh. Entries from the previous week will not be considered. The grand prize drawing pool will include all entries from the start of the contest on December 5th at 7:00amET through December 29th at 9:00pm ET.

Disclosure: I received the same products the winner will receive. The items were generously donated by Duda Farm Fresh Foods but the opinions and recipe expressed are entirely my own.

Recipe

 Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves

makes 2 small 9×5 loaves, or several smaller loaves*

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup candied ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ¾ cups sugar
3 eggs
¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 Meyer lemons, juiced and zested

Glaze:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 Meyer lemon, juiced and zested

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 9×5 loaf pans or smaller baking pans of desired size.

2. Whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and ginger and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice and zest, oil, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract.

4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until completely smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans until they are half full and bake for about 45 minutes, or less time if the pan is smaller. If the pan is smaller start with 30 minutes bake time and test the loaves every five minutes after that.

5. To make the glaze: Whisk together the lemon juice, zest and sugar until completely smooth, adding drops of water as needed until the glaze reaches desired consistency. The consistency I use it fairly thick, it holds it shape when drizzled on the loaves and spreads like a frosting.

* for loftier loaves use 8×4 loaf pans. The 9×5 loaf pans make lower loaves that are great for tea.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This tea bread is perfect for nearly any time of day, we love it for dessert or breakfast. The ginger is optional, feel free to omit it if necessary.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

This is always a hit no matter who is eating it. Keep it in your gift repertoire for life!