I must be hardwired to bake when it's cold outside. Around Christmas time, it was snowy, it was chilly, the Bachsters were off school, and I had every single ingredient on hand needed for clementine-vanilla bean loaf cake. I didn't need asking twice!
The recipe is from Martha Stewart's Cakes, which was a birthday gift I received in the Fall, and I was itching to make something from it. I ended up choosing this recipe (as mentioned, since I already had all the ingredients), but also because it sounded really good and the timing was perfect to serve it at our family holiday party (to ensure that I wouldn't personally eat all of it myself).
I did end up serving it at the party, garnished with clementine slices (because it sort of looks like a loaf of bread otherwise). And it was really good, with a hint of citrus flavor. In fact, the flavor and texture improved as it aged (and I can attest to this, because this was my breakfast for a few days!).
Hmmmm....I think we have a bunch of clementines in the fridge.........butter, yes.......vanilla beans, yes............