Lemon Loaf (I LOVE LEMON)

Yes, I typed that in all caps…..I tend to get excited about lemon treats such as Lemon Loaf.
Lemon Loaf
This is nearly identical to the recipe for theMeyer Lemon Loaf.  I liked that recipe, but it didn’t have enough “lemony zip” for me.  So, I found another recipe that uses regular lemons and the measurements are a bit different.
Lemon Loaf
Lemon Loaf
I usually like to shop at Safeway.  They have a Starbucks at the front of the store.  So, as a little “mom vacation”, I go alone and get a hot coffee and a piece of their lemon loaf.  It is not a good thing for my waist line that this recipe is as close as it gets to the Starbucks Lemon Loaf.  This was seriously…..seriously, so good.
This makes 2 loafs and takes a bit of time.  My little sister and I turned on season 2 of Gilmore Girls and baked while we laughed.  Have you seen that show?  It is by far my favorite.

Recipe from Sweet Pea Kitchen: her source is at the bottom.

Gather your Supplies:

For the Lemon Loaf:

  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 8 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup grated lemon zest (from about 4 lemons)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Lemon Syrup:

  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup sugar

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Enjoy your time in the kitchen

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed combine sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice. With the mixer still running, drizzle the butter into the bowl. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Remove bowl from mixer.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour mixture over the batter, one third at a time, folding gently after each addition until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, rotate the pans, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes.
  6. While the loaf is cooling, make the lemon syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  7. Remove loaves to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Use a toothpick to poke holes in the tops and sides of the loaves. Brush the tops and sides of the loaves with the lemon syrup. Let the syrup soak into the cake and brush again. Let the cakes cool completely.
  8. To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff. Pour the lemon glaze over the top of each loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.

Source: Baked: New Frontiers In Baking

Liked my Lemon Loaf? Try the Meyer Lemon Loaf

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  2. i just came across your blog and your recipes look amazing! i am especially eying this cake. i'm a sucker for anything lemon. i just subscribed to your blog and i would love a subscription back! i look forward to reading more posts from you!!

  3. I know what you mean about lemons. The day I added lemon to my pancake syrup was the greatest day ever! This loaf looks fantastic!!

  4. I hope your husband loves it. I am so glad you are finding yummy recipes to use. Enjoy your time in the kitchen 🙂

  5. Making this ASAP. My husband is a lemon-fiend.

    Also, I've only been following your blog for a few weeks but I've made several of your recipes already! I'm so grateful!

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