These moist and delicious loaves make terrific gifts. If you like, you can stir 2/3 cup of your favorite chopped nuts into the batter, or try one of our flavorful variations. You can also bake the batter in muffin tins, decreasing the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes. It will yield 12 to 14 muffins.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pans
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter 4 mini loaf pans and place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each; butter the paper.
Sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, stopping between additions to scrape down sides of the bowl. On low speed, beat in the yogurt in 3 additions, alternating with additions of flour mixture and scraping down sides of the bowl once or twice.
Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into each loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool loaves in pans 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on a rack. Wrap in plastic and then in fabric and tie with ribbon or string. Will keep for up to 3 days.
Variations: Chocolate Chip-Almond Tea Bread Substitute 1 teaspoon pure almond extract for the vanilla and mix in 2/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds.
Cranberry Tea Bread Stir in 1 1/3 cups dried cranberries tossed with 1 tablespoon flour and 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest.
Apple-Walnut Tea Bread Stir in 3/4 cup shredded apple and 2/3 cup chopped walnuts tossed with 1 tablespoon flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
Per Serving:160 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 45mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 22g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 3g protein.
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