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).
6 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
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.