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Michael in Phoenix

REC: Lemon Loaf - a beautifully glazed loaf, great for a hostess gift.

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Posted to Thread #30457 at 4:53 pm on Aug 20, 2018

This is a family favorite I've made for years. Very nice as a gift, and looks good on a buffet table, dessert table, pot luck, etc.

Lemon Loaf
Adapted from: Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, 1980
Makes 1 loaf

1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

2. From lemon, grate 1 Tbsp peel and squeeze 4 1/2 tsp of lemon juice; set aside.

3. Grease 9” x 5” loaf pan.

4. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and 1 1/2 cup sugar with a whisk. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in zest.

5. In a small bowl, beat eggs slightly. Stir in milk. Stir this mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Do not over-mix!

6. Spoon batter into pan. Bake 1 1/4 hours.

7. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan.

8. In a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, heat lemon juice and 2 Tbsp sugar to boiling. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. With pastry brush, brush sugar mixture evenly over top of bread.

Serve warm, or cool completely to serve later.



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