Friday, March 11, 2011

Lemon Loaf


It's another chilly morning here.

Before I set out to do my errands, I thought I post the loaf I made. They call it a loaf, but I don't know if it's a bread or a cake. Tastes like a combo to me. I didn't care for it. The crumb was kinda coarse. It did bake up into a pretty loaf. The lemon syrup was good though, don't leave that off. The loaf really needs it. You can see in the picture where the syrup had soaked up into the loaf. We did end up eating it all, but we put strawberries in syrup over our slices! Who wouldn't it that!?

That said, I wouldn't make this again.

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
lemon zest from 4 large lemons
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup sour milk (1 teaspoon lemon juice put in a 1 cup measuring cup and filled with milk to 3/4 cup and allowed to sit for 5 minutes)

Lemon Syrup
1/2 sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice

Lemon Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
the remaining lemon juice and enough water to make a thin glaze

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray two 7 1/2 X 4 X 2 loaf pans with cooking spray and line the bottom and two long sides with parchment paper.

Sift together the dry ingredients onto a piece of parchment paper for quick clean up or into a bowl.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until very light. .several minutes for sure.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined and then the lemon zest.
Combine the wet ingredients and them alternating with the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture until just combined.

Divide the mixture between the two loaf pans and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.. .about 45 - 50 minutes.
While the cake bakes, simmer the syrup ingredients together for just a minute or so until the sugar melts.

When the toothpick comes out clean of the lemon loaf. Put the pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.

Brush the syrup over all the sides of the loaves until all the syrup has been used up.
Allow to cool completely and make the glaze while you are waiting.
Drizzle the glaze over the loaves and allow it to set.

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