Despite the fact that the weather network has forecasted a winter storm alert today, and we are expecting about 15cm of snow mixed with freezing rain, I am still in good spirits and feeling that spring will in fact spring up on us sooner than later!
That being said, nothing says Spring like a refreshing loaf of Lemon Bread. There is just something about warm lemon bread with some melted butter that screams spring to me! It is a refreshing light snack or dessert that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! Here is how its done!
Ingredients:Makes a 2 lbs loaf
*Take it from me and use fresh lemons. I made one batch with lemon juice from a bottle and let me tell you, it's night and day!*
3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 whole lemon)
2 tsp lemon zest (I just zest a whole lemon - the more the merrier)
1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
3 eggs at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
This recipe was designed for a bread maker.
Place all ingredients, in the order listed above, in your bread pan fitted with a kneading paddle.
Select Cake cycle or quick bread cycle (see update below). Select the desired size and crust (I choose light for my crust) keeping in mind that the ingredients listed make a 2 lb loaf. Seriously, why would you want anything less?
After batter has mixed for about 4 minutes, stir sides and bottom of pan with a rubber scraper to ensure complete mixing.
|Can you see the zest? It really adds to the bread!|
When mixing is complete, remove paddle and let bake.
When alarm sounds, your loaf is ready! Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Or dig right in like I did!
If you want to try this recipe and don't have a bread maker, I would mix all the ingredients in a mixer until well combined. Pour mixture into greased baking dish an bake at 400F for 30 mins or until a cake tester comes out clean. Keep in mind that if you are going to make this in a larger pan like a 9x9, it will not take as long to bake.
Some people have had an issue with the cake being undercooked when they used a quick bread cycle. If you do not have a "cake cycle" on your machine look in your manual for a cycle that has about a 20 minute knead time and approximately 70 minute cook time. It is unnecessary for the cycle to have a "rise" time as there is no yeast in the cake. I hope this helps and if you have any other issues, please let me know!