Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Great Grandma B's Lemon Bread

Good morning! Happy June!

After the long, cold, never ending Winter we had, this last week full of sun and blue skies and warm breezes has been like Heaven..... It's got me thinking about lemons.  I use fresh lemons in so many recipes, both sweet and savory, but my favorite thing to make with them is hubby's Great Grandma's Lemon Bread. It's moist and it's sweet, with just the right amount of lemony tang.  I love it just as it is, but I also make other dishes with it, like Stuffed French Toast made with the lemon bread in place of regular bread and filled with a mixture of fluffy cream cheese and fresh plump blueberries or strawberries.  Mmmmm!

OK... Now that my mouth is watering, I'd better just post the recipe.  Enjoy!

Great Grandma B's Lemon Bread
  • 6 (scant) Tbls Shortening
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Lg Eggs, beaten
  • Rind of 1 Lemon, grated
  • 1 & 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • Juice of One Lg Lemon ~ use two if they're small
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder and salt onto waxed or parchment paper. Sift again into a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, cream together the Shortening and 1 cup of sugar. Slowly beat in the eggs, lemon zest and milk.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined.  Pour into a standard size loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. (test at 50 minutes)

When loaf is removed from the oven, mix the lemon juice and 3/4 cup of sugar until the sugar is dissolved completely.  Pour this over the still hot bread a little bit at a time, allowing the mixture to fully soak into the bread.  Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then turn the loaf out onto a plate, making sure to run a knife around the edges of the pan first to loosen it.  Slice and Enjoy!

***I never double this recipe. I don't know if it has something to do with the lemon juice throwing it off or not, but I tried it once a long time ago and it did not turn out well. It's really no big deal to make a fresh batch for each loaf and besides, it is soooo worth it.  Trust me!

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  1. This looks fabulous! So light and fresh for spring!

  2. What a perfect refreshing dessert for Summer. I'm not a fan of lemons, but I do like lemon cake! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. That looks so light and airy! It would go great with a cup of tea :)

  4. I bake for a breakfast each Monday we hold for the seniors in town. You have next Monday covered. Thanks!

  5. Lisa: Thanks for stopping by! I used to bake it just at Christmas as gifts and one Summer day several years ago I had one of those V-8 moments and came to my senses, thankfully! LOL

    MM: I have a cousin who doesn't care for lemons but she could eat a whole loaf of this by herself! I hope you enjoy it, if you give it a try!

    Lisa: Thanks for popping in and following! This loaf is good with tea, coffee, water, nothing at all... LOL! But you're absolutely right. It really does pair well with tea. Especially the lighter ones like an Oolong or White Tea.

    Liza: Oh! I'm so happy I could help! I hope the seniors will enjoy it. It's sweet, but not too much so. It's great served plain or with a smidge of butter or cream cheese too! Hope it works out well!

  6. French toast made with lemon bread??? Okay, if I buy a plane ticket (and take some Ativan to get my tushy on the plane!), when are we having this for breakfast??? Need to take some vacation time from work for the travelling, eating, chitchatting ... ;)

  7. I totally wanna try to make this one!!!!
    It looks so good!!!

    I love banana bread and since I love lemon too....well...this should be my new favorite! :)
    thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for stopping by Katie's Cucina! My inlaws have a lemon tree and they are about to start picking from the tree. I think I will add this to my lemon recipes to cook!

  9. I love lemon anything! I'm definitely going to try this one!

  10. Mary: I'd have breakfast with you, anytime! I'll post the recipe for the french toast sometime soon just in case, though... LOL

    MomInRome: I'm glad I could provide you with a new favorite! I'm a big fan of banana bread too, so I don't know if I could give it up entirely. Maybe we can just have 2 favorites!

    Katie: You're welcome! I would be in Heaven if I had even one lemon tree in my yard! Especially if it was a Meyer Lemon tree... Oh how I envy your inlaws!

    Zertuzzi: Thanks!

    Empty Nester: I sure hope it's a hit at your house! You'll have to come by and let me know!

  11. I just wanted to share my first Italian recipe:..
    I am so excited !

    I hope you like it! :)

  12. This looks absolutely delicious!!!! I love this kind of food!


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