Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Too Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf

Monday, March 26, 2018

Too Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf

Can we just say "Yay!" for bright, sunny days? Even though it's been on the colder side, spring brought a ton of sunshine when it can barreling in earlier this month, and this girl couldn't be happier. I noticed that the tulips I planted last year are starting to peek through the ground, which really excites me because I have such a black thumb when it comes to flower gardening. Since it will probably be a few more weeks before we see the actual tulips flower, the first day of spring had me feeling some kind of way, so I ran over to the flower market and picked up a few bunches of ready to go tulips to give my kitchen a touch of that springtime glow. Then, I was feeling pretty inspired, so I grabbed my baking supplies and tossed together this super easy Glazed Lemon Loaf.

Glazed Lemon Loaf

I love lemon loafs but have never actually made one myself. They look so pretty and taste so good, I just assumed they were going to be a lot of work and always passed them up for what I thought would be easier baked goodies. It turns out, I was wrong!

Glazed Lemon Loaf

I think making a lemon loaf was one of the easier recipes I've ever tried, which really delights me since it turned out so dang good. Rarely does a recipe make it into my permanent recipe box, but this lemon loaf is going to the front of the catalog so I can make it time and time again.

Lemon Loaf

With Easter right around the corner and Mother's Day trailing close behind, this would be a perfect recipe to celebrate either day, or both! Serve with a cup of tea or a hot cup of coffee, and your day will be complete.



Too Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf

*original recipe published in Sally's Baking Addiction*

 

INGREDIENTS:

Loaf

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • zest of 2 large lemons
  • ½ cup milk
Lemon Glaze
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Adjust the oven racks to the lower 1/3 position in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. 
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream the softened butter in a medium bowl at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until light in color. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl down as needed. Add the lemon juice and zest and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk and beating well after each addition. Take care to not over beat the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To prevent over browning on the top of the loaf, loosely cover the top of the loaf with aluminum foil 1/2 way through baking. Allow the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Make the glaze: Stir the lemon juice and powdered sugar together until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the loaf before slicing. Additionally, I grazed a little lemon zest over the top of the glaze, but this is totally optional! Keep loaf stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.
Have you done any spring baking yet? 


If you liked this recipe, be sure to Pin It on Pinterest!
 

25 comments:

  1. I love lemon, and dang this is cute! I still haven't decided what I'm bringing for the big Easter function. They usually want me to bring a veggie tray, but I typically bring other things too.

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    1. Thanks Alissa :) I always look forward to what you take to your gatherings. Your veggie trays are always so artistic. I can't wait to see what you do this year!

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  2. Gorgeous photos, love the beautiful clutter with all the tulips! Tulips are my fave flowers! Our have peaked long time ago, daffodils will probably bloom in a week or two, I even bought me a few bunches of white fake tulips and put them around my office.
    You know I adore everything lemony! Stunning job! Save that first photo for your book (because Dezzy says so).

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    1. Tulips are my favorite too! I'm surprised yours already peaked with that cold snap and snow you were receiving well into the New Year. Some day I will do an e-cookbook maybe. I'll have to find someone who will produce a hard copy to pass down to the girls though.

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    2. What is this indefinite article in front of 'hard copy'? You just need to collect the recipes, put in the magnificent photos and send it to one of the big cookbook publishers and they will do the rest of the work, I don't want no e/book, girl. With the magnificent photos you already have I don't imagine many publishers would refuse you!

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    3. Then I'll consider you my child and make you a hard copy too cause this girl ain't got the time or desire to be chasing down publishers and all that jazz :P

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  3. When it is easier than thought and turns out grand sure must make it all the better. Spring though? Yeah, we're still stuck with snow.

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    1. Keep that snow up there. We're onto the rain now, so I am hoping all that white crap is done with us for the year.

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  4. One of the easier recipes you've ever tried? In my world, there's no such thing as an easy recipe :)

    P.S. Check out your outfit today at my blue guy bay.

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    1. Ooh, I needs to get me one of those chef suits. I sent over another verse last night since I wasn't sure how long you were wanting to make that poem lol.

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    2. Wait a minute! Another verse?

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    3. Okay, now it's official: there's gonna be a sequel! I had a great punchline waiting to be used, but I never (slight exaggeration) got another verse from you so I figured you thought one was enough. We're not done yet. Let the cooking begin.

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  5. it looks devilishly good, Theresa! And I love lemons I keep putting them almost in everything I eat or drink :)

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    1. Me too, Indah. I used to not like lemon flavored things, but I am so glad my taste buds finally grew up because I can't get enough now!

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  6. I love all with lemon Theresa! This looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Gloria. You are always so sweet with your comments ♥

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  7. Oh yeah, that one was pinned in an instant. I'm making it this Sunday for Easter dessert!

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  8. Oh, yummm! These remind me of one of my trips to the Key West (Florida) some years ago. They have the key lime pies there. But yes, I could eat your lemon loaf right now!

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  9. I am obsessed with lemon flavored desserts. Lemon loaf is at the top of the list. YUM!

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  10. I love lemon cakes and so this is right up my alley. I am definitely going to have to try this.

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  11. I would love to have this. Looks so so good I pinned this for later.

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  12. Oh this one I'm definitely gonna try. I love lemon cake or lemon cookies.

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  13. I have done absolutely no baking. Was in a car accident last Tuesday, and it seems like all normal plans turned upside down. With no car I had to rely on others for rides until the rental finally came through - yuck!! But it could have been worse - much worse!!

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    1. Oh no! I hope you weren't hurt! I agree about having to depend on others for rides is no fun. Glad to hear your rental car came through though. Hopefully your real car gets fixed soon!

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