I've loved baking my entire life, but when I was about 12, I started to really get into baking. One summer, I baked pretty much every day, giving most of it away to my neighbors. This lemon bread recipe was probably what I baked the most, as it was really easy, and I had developed most of it myself.
Ever since then, this lemon bread has been my go-to recipe. I use the recipe so much, I actually have it memorized. It's super simple, and always a good safe bet to share with people.
Anyways, let's get started!
Step 1: Indredients
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 lemon
- powdered sugar (I use about 1 1/2 cups, but the amount may vary)
- lemon juice
Step 2: Prep
Butter a 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inch or 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan.
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Step 3: Add Together the Dry Ingredients.
Measure out the flour with a light hand and pour it into a medium bowl. Repeat with the baking powder, sugar, and salt.
Step 4: Stir
Using a spatula or spoon, stir the ingredients together until evenly distributed. Set aside.
Step 5: Eggs
Crack the eggs in a small bowl, and beat them with a fork until the white and yolk are combined.
Step 6: Liquids
Measure out the milk, and pour it into a small bowl. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
Step 7: Stir
Using a fork, stir the liquids until evenly distributed.
Step 8: What a Grate Idea!
Zest one lemon. Set the lemon aside for the glaze.
Step 9: Make It Zesty!
Add the zest to the egg-milk-vanilla mix, and stir.
Step 10: Better Butter...
Melt the butter in a small, heatproof bowl.
Step 11: All Together Now!
Pour the egg-milk-vanilla mix and butter into the dry stuff.
Step 12: Mix It Real Good.
Using a spatula, mix the ingredients until thoroughly distributed.
Step 13: Fill Up the Pan.
Pour the batter into the pan, and spread it out evenly using the spatula.
Step 14: Bake
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Step 15: Cool & Remove
Wait for the bread to cool down, then run a thin spatula along the edge of the pan. Turn the bread out.
Step 16: Glaze: Part 1
Juice the lemon.
Step 17: Glaze: Part 2
Pour about 1 cup powdered sugar into a small bowl, and add about 1 tbsp lemon juice.
At this point, you can start to customize the glaze to your texture preferences. More powdered sugar makes the glaze thicker, and more lemon juice makes it thinner. Be careful though, you need to add the components gradually else you'll ruin the balance of powdered sugar to lemon juice. Take it slow.
Step 18: Glaze: Part 3: Pouring
Slowly pour the glaze over the bread. Try to get an even texture all over the bread, filling in any holes. The glaze will likely run over the edges, which is okay.
Step 19: Yum Yum Food
Eat your bread! Yay, food!