Friday, August 5, 2016

Starbucks-esque Lemon Loaf

Original recipe here

This recipe has been circulating on Facebook, and I'm as susceptible to temptation as the next John, or Jane. For the first time in my life, I bought a bottle of lemon extract just to make it. 

Simple (no layers to fiddle with) and delicious, it was a success. As usual, I cut the sugar in the original recipe just a tad. Let me share my tweaked recipe below so that all of us can return here to make it:

Lemon Loaf

Ingredients: (for the loaf)

3 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice (Use fresh lemons, or ReaLemon concentrate.)
1/3 cup buttermilk                                    
3 tablespoons cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Take out two mixing bowls.

1) Pour all the wet ingredients into one bowl and combine with an electric mixer.

2) Combine all the dry ingredients in the second bowl.

3) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Use the electric mixer just enough to combine them. Do not over mix.

4) Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. When the center is done, remove from the oven.

5) With a knife, scrape the sides of the loaf pan and cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Let the loaf cool completely before you top with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze


1/3 cup of powder sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


Mix and drizzle the glaze over the top of the lemon loaf.

If you compare my lemon loaf with the original recipe, you will note, not only do I cut the sugar, I also make less frosting. Yet, my version is plenty sweet. 

Some folks like to add 1/4 cup of poppyseeds to their batter before baking, which turns it into a lemon-poppyseed loaf. 

What I like about a loaf cake is, it's half the quantity of a layer cake. You can satisfy your yin for a slice of cake (and even have enough to share) without having to eat it for a week. This lemon loaf is very lemony and refreshing. Enjoy!

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