Citrus BlogHop: Clementine Basil Mojito Loaf Cake

It's BlogHop time! This month we are focusing on Citrus. I had lots of ideas for this month and then came up with this recipe. I was inspired by a couple sources, the blog Barefoot Kitchen Witch for which my recipe is based on and my favorite mojito drink from a local restaurant Benson Blakes. This recipe was easy to whip up and loved the smells even before I baked it! Mojitos are my favorite drink when I go out and I love this loaf cake version. I will have to experiment with other flavor combinations as this loaf cake was amazing!

Please join in on the #citruslove fun by linking up any citrus recipe from the month of January 2012. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #citruslove event! Make sure to visit all the other co-hosts below to see their #citruslove recipes.

Recipe
Inspired by Barefoot Kitchen Witch
Ingredients:
Finely grated zest of 2 clementines 
10 large basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup fresh clementine juice
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
For syrup:
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup fresh clementine juice
1/4 cup rum
5 large basil leaves, finely chopped

Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.  Butter a 8" x 4" loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine clementine zest, basil, and sugar in a bowl and rub with a back of a spoon to release oils in the clementine zest and basil and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  4. Mix the butter into the sugar mixture on high speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add 1/4 cup clementine juice, followed by eggs.  Beat until smooth.
  6. Alternating between the flour mixture and the milk, blend these into the mixture in the bowl.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, place on middle rack in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. While the loaf is baking, combine the syrup ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved.
  9. When the loaf comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top with a thin knife and then pour the syrup evenly over the top.
  10. Let the loaf cool in the pan for an hour before removing.

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Reactions:

54 comments:

  1. MIKE!!! This is fantastic! Love the idea of booze in my dessert. Your loaf looks moist and delicious.

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  2. I exactly know how this is going to smell. The aromas in your kitchen would be any non baking neighbours' envy with this loaf.

    LOoks soo droolworthy

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  3. It's awesome! The photos' are incredible showing the flavors and moistness - you can almost taste it! Great job, Mike!

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  4. These look sinfully delicious!Thanks for sharing!

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  5. It looks like cheesy bread! But it sounds so much better!

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  6. What a beautiful and interesting idea for a cake!

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  7. This looks amazing!! I love the flavour combination. Mojitos is one of my favourites as well. Bookmarking this to try :)

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  8. Awesome cake that's oozing with citrus flavour!

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  9. This is gorgeous!!! I love mojitos but I would like them more in cake ;) Thank you for sharing & I can't wait to see what other combinations you come up with.

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  10. WOW! How creative!! I love mojitos too and have incorporated the taste in other recipes, but this one is totally awesome. Love the basil on top!!

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  11. That title is a mouthful, but that cake looks tremendous! Mmm..

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  12. :) yum this looks so delish, love the basil in it!
    great job.

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  13. What an amazing mojito loaf cake! And your photos are gorgeous! Glad to do citrus-love with you, Mike ! Cheers!

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  14. Wow. So creative! I can imagine how fantastic the aroma is from this and flavors - yum!

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  15. Love just love this combinations Mike and the cake looks really moist. Perfect for anytime!

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  16. basil and citrus are wonderful together. i bet this bread was devoured immediately! so glad you are a part of our bloghop as always :). sending some #citruslove to you!

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  17. basil and clementines and the rum in one cake.. absolutely fantastic! I am going to make this for sure!

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  18. Holy cats was my first reaction! My second, I need to make this:-) It looks amazing, seriously amazing! Take care, Terra

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  19. OMG, this loaf cake is such an incredible combination of flavors, I'm awed and lusting at the same time. Beautiful too! A++++ for creativity, beauty and such a tease! Great co-hosting #citruslove with you this month!

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  20. Hi Mike, what a fabulous cake. My mouth is watering just thinking about making it. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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  21. Wow... Your loaf cake looks fantastic!! And with fabulous combinations. Awesome :)

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  22. I love the Basil in your loaf cake. Nice idea. I'm focussing on Cirus for Feb because of my afternoon tea pop up http://thebotanicalbaker.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/my-little-pipe-dream-come-true/
    Some lovely recipes here for inspiration so thank you very much for sharing this blog hop stuff!

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  23. I love the combination of clementines and basil. This looks so good!

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  24. That looks heavenly... Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe..

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  25. This cake looks lovely! And I also think it's original! I really enjoyed reading your post and seeing your photos!

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  26. only recently I found out what an amazing difference can make some basil leaves added to dessert. Your loaf looks great, i bet is was so delicious!

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