Monday, February 2, 2009

Lemon Bread Recipe

Went digging through my old recipe box to find this one. It had been languishing in said box for the last 25 years. I don't know why but I have never made it before today (or really yesterday since I will publish this tomorrow but you know what I mean.) Maybe I thought it was going to be a pain in the butt, it wasn't. Maybe the title sounded too bread like, it's not. I'm just not really sure. What I do know is that I could kick myself for not trying it sooner.

It really is more of a cake than bread. As you can see JR and I dug right in. It was delicious. I think this will be dinner tonight. Do you think having it for three meals a day would be out of line? Could we make a case for it as health food? Maybe the "Lemon Bread Diet"? I could make a fortune. Until everyone found out that you can't lose weight on it. Oh well (sighs heavily).

Lemon Bread

6 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel, zest
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, optional

Butter loaf pan. Line with waxed paper or parchment. Buttering the loaf pan makes the waxed paper stick to it. You could use shortening or non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. With mixer running add eggs one at a time. Add lemon juice and zest.

Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Turn mixer on low add half the flour mixture, then 1/2 the milk, then the rest of the flour mixture, then the remaining milk. Be sure that each are fully incorporated before adding the next.

Spread into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.

Turn bread out onto plate or serving dish. I used a long narrow one with turned up sides. You don't want to lose any of the yummy icing. Poke some holes in the top with a toothpick. Blend 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Pour over still hot bread.

I'm sure you could fancy this up but why mess with perfection. I could fancy up the title. I'm not very good at that sort of thing so I think I'll keep calling it lemon bread. If you can think of something better I'll be happy to change the name. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.



  1. Looks scrumptious, especially on that pretty plate. Presentation counts!

  2. I might have to try this one (on a weekend of course). Looks good.

  3. Tessa loves lemon bread. I will have her make this as I am sure she will love it!

  4. You can call it "Keely Blows Her Diet" Cake.

    Thanks. Thanks a lot.

  5. I just happen to have some lemons in my fridge so I think I'll try this tonight. My favorite pie is lemon meringue so this might just become my favorite bread.

  6. Yum!

    Send some of those free lemons. They cost $8 per kilo here.

  7. I swear, it seems you always post good stuff on HASAY day. My Gram used to make lemon bread (and zucchini and banana) and they were all my favorites. Yum.

  8. I will join you on the lemon bread diet. I don't think we need to tell anyone that you can't lose weight on it.

    We are swimming in lemons over here, too. I've posted a lemon curd recipe (delicious, btw) and gingerbread with lemon sauce in the last couple weeks. An earlier one I posted (under desserts) was lemon-chocolate chip mini muffins. Now I want to try your bread.

    I have a few more lemon recipes ready to try. Help me decide: lemon soup? lemon mustard? lemon jello mold with sherry? warm spicy lemonade? lemon honeyed fruit? baked fruit flambe? What do you think? We MUST get rid of these lemons ;)

  9. I have a banana chocolate chip bread that I will only make if I can give it away as I will eat it all if it stays in my house for too long

  10. Looks good Michele. I really a good taste of lemon. Have you ever tried making lemon bars? My mom used to make those. Let me know if you want the recipe.

    Oh dear God!! Have I become a Mommy blogger? Cheers Michele!!

  11. Michele, I made lemon honeyed fruit tonight with dinner and it was delicious. Come on over if you want the recipe.

    In reading some of your old posts, I was intrigued that you like old cookbooks. I do, too -- one of the chapters in the book I wrote is on "old-fashioned homemaking" and I had a blast looking at all the old homemaking materials I could find. I'd love to hear more about some of your favorite old homemaking finds. Have you already done a bunch of posts on this? If not, I hope you'll do some. Thanks!!