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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Best Lemon Loaf



I have made this loaf and it is delicious. This recipe is a copycat Starbucks recipe but so much better because you make it yourself. That is always a plus in my book. A whole lot cheaper too! This is a loaf that is a bit high in calories, around 350 for one slice, but if you incorporate that into your daily caloric intake, it is alright to indulge once in a while.

INGREDIENTS:

Loaf
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream or Greek yogurt (lite okay)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon extract, to taste 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Lemon Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice, or as necessary for consistency

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.

Loaf - To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, sour cream, and whisk vigorously until smooth and combined.

Drizzle in the oil while whisking to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and stir until just combined, don't overmix. Some lumps will be present and that's okay, don't try to stir them smooth.

Turn the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

 Bake for about 50 to 52 minutes, or until top is domed, set, and toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter.

 In the last 10 minutes of baking, tent pan with foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over pan) to prevent excessive browning on the top and sides of bread before center cooks through.

Allow loaf to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (I cooled 4 hours) before turning out onto rack to cool completely before glazing.

Lemon Glaze - To a small bowl, add the confectioner's sugar and slowly drizzle in the lemon juice while whisking until smooth and combined. 

Evenly drizzle glaze over bread before slicing and serving. 

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: about 50 minutes
TOTAL TIME: about 90 minutes, for cooling

Recipe from Averie Cooks.

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