Lemon Loaf – Closet Cooking


Lemon Loaf


A super moist and tender lemon loaf soaked with lemon syrup and covered with lemon icing.

Lemon is such an amazing flavour to work with, especially in sweet recipes like this lemon loaf. I like to enjoy a slice for breakfast, or dessert or even with a coffee or a tea for a snack at any time of the day. This lemon bread is quick loaf which means that it’s super easy to make, you pretty much just mix the wet ingredients into the mixture of the dry ingredients before baking. The lemon flavour in this cake is intense, coming from three different sources! There is lemon zest and lemon extract in the loaf and once it’s baked it’s soaked in a lemon syrup only to be topped with a lemon icing! Once the loaf has baked, holes are poked into the top and a simple homemade lemon syrup is poured over and allowed to soak in to help keep the loaf nice and moist and tender, in addition to adding more lemon flavour. The final piece to this lemon loaf is the lemon icing or glaze which is a simple mixture of confectioners/powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. You could skip either the lemon syrup and/or the lemon icing and this bread would be amazing, but why would you want to? No matter how you make this lemon loaf, it’s sure to please!

Lemon Loaf

What is a quick bread? A quick bread is a bread that does not use yeast as a leavening agent, in this case baking soda and baking powder, and they are quick and easy to make.

Lemon Loaf

This bread has a lemon simple syrup poured over it to soak in and this helps keep the bread nice and moist and tender, in addition to adding even more lemon flavour!

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

The lemon loaf is topped with a lemon icing/frosting/glaze for even more lemon flavour!

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

It’s so good slathered with melting butter!

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf
Lemon Loaf

Lemon Loaf

Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:1 hour Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes Servings: 10(1 loaf or 10 slices)

A super moist and tender lemon loaf soaked with lemon syrup and covered with lemon icing.

ingredients
    For the lemon loaf:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (~2 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons pure lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the lemon syrup:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • For the lemon icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (aka icing sugar, aka powdered sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
directions
    For the lemon loaf:
  1. Mix the sugar, sour cream, eggs, lemon zest, lemon extract, vanilla extract and oil before mixing in the mixture of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until golden brown on top and a toothpick pushed into the centre comes out clean, about 60 minutes.
  3. Poke some holes into the top of the loaf with a fork (toothpick or thin knife) and slowly pour the lemon syrup over the loaf and let it soak in.
  4. Remove the loaf from the pan and pour (or drizzle or spread) the lemon icing over the loaf and let it cool before slicing and enjoying!
  5. For the lemon syrup:
  6. Simmer the sugar and lemon juice in a small sauce pan until the sugar has dissolved into the lemon juice.
  7. For the lemon icing:
  8. Mix the confectioners sugar into the lemon juice and zest until smooth.

Option: Use meyer lemons for lemon juice and zest!
Option: Replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Option: Add 1 cup blueberries, or raspberries, black berries, diced strawberries!
Option: Add 1 cup white chocolate chips and/or replace the icing/glaze with a white chocolate ganache!
Option: Use a circular cake pan instead of a loaf pan.
Option: Use a muffin pan for lemon muffins! The bae time will be about 20 minutes!
Option: Add 1 tablespoon poppy seeds!
Option: Add 1 teaspoon almond extract.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 380, Fat 17g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 67mg, Sodium 248mg, Carbs 53g (Fiber 0.6g, Sugars 37g), Protein 4g

Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam



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