Luscious Lemon Loaves

Baking lemon goodies always reminds me of my mom…she absolutely LOVES lemon!!! (I’m pretty fond of lemon myself, but not many folks are as fond of it as Mama is!) I made this recipe with her in mind…lots of lemon.

And, if you’re like Mama & me and like a LOT of lemon flavor, you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil or a little lemon extract in the icing as well. (My hubby prefers it un-iced.) Just remember…if you’re using essential oil, a little goes a long way!

I hope you enjoy it too!

Happy cooking!

~Renee

Blending together the butter and sugar til it's nice and fluffy.

Blending together the butter and sugar til it’s nice and fluffy.

Blending in the eggs, one at a time...

Blending in the eggs, one at a time…

...then for the milk.

…then for the milk.

Putting together the dry ingredients, then I whisked them to combine.

Putting together the dry ingredients, then I whisked them to combine.

Next, I added the dry ingredients to the wet and combined them well.

Next, I added the dry ingredients to the wet and combined them well.

Right out of the oven...so yummy already! (If you want, you can eat the loaves like this but if you like a real lemony "zing", you should totally wait for the icing!)

Right out of the oven…so yummy already! (If you want, you can eat the loaves like this but if you like a real lemony “zing”, you should totally wait for the icing!)

I started out just drizzling the icing...but...

I started out just drizzling on the icing…but…

...I ended up spreading icing all over the loaf tops and letting it drip down the sides. (I couldn't resist...SO GOOD!)

…I ended up spreading icing all over the loaf tops and letting it drip down the sides. (I couldn’t resist…SO GOOD!)

Luscious Lemon Loaves

1 Cup Butter, softened

2 1/4 Cups Sugar

4 Eggs

1 Cup Milk (I used 2%)

3 Cups Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp. Salt

Grated Zest of 1 Lemon

Icing:

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

2-3 Tbls Lemon Juice

2-3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil or 1/2 tsp Lemon Extract (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. (The disposable loaf pans work well.) Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar til light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat til well combined. Beat in the milk.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients. Beat or stir til moistened and well incorporated.

4. Pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 55-65 minutes or til tops are golden brown and spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. When loaves are cool, whisk all icing ingredients together and drizzle over loaves. Allow drizzle to set. Serve and enjoy!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

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