The Very Best Lemon Loaf Recipe

8 servings
1 hr

Lemon is a favorite flavor of mine. I love lemon curd, lemon ice cream, lemon meringue pie. Oh, and lets now forget luscious lemon mousse!

One of my all time favorites is old fashioned lemon loaf. I especially love one that packs a real punch of pucker!! (Say that three time fast!)

Reminiscent of the lemon loaves my Nana used to make, this loaf is a perfect balance of tangy and sweet. It is wonderful to have warm from the oven right after the lemony sugar glaze is poured over top.

When my girls were in school I often made this lemon loaf for their lunches. With only about 10 minutes of prep time I could have it in the oven and baking in no time at all. It is a sturdy loaf which makes it perfect for packing in lunches. I always make two loaves at a time and freeze one for later.

The best thing about making loaves is that more often than not I have the ingredients already on hand. With only 7 ingredients it’s a treat I can bake at any time.

If there is any kitchen tool I could recommend that is a must have, it would be my rasp, or microplane grater as it is better known as. It is THE perfect tool for grating any sort of citrus fruit, chocolate, or ginger. It is easy to hold, creates a nice fine grate and cleans up in the dishwasher!

We use a lot of lemons around our house all year round. I always associate lemon as being a sunny, happy flavor! Maybe its the color, or maybe its’ tart, ziggy flavor.

A few lemon tips:

  • Store lemons in a jug of water in your refrigerator. When I first saw this tip I was a bit skeptical, but my lemons last for weeks when I store them this way!
  • Try to choose lemons that are heavy for their size and have a bright yellow color. They should be firm, but give just a little when you squeeze them
  • Choose lemons with a fine textured peel and thinner skin, as these will generally yield more juice
  • Avoid lemons with thick, wrinkly peel as these will yield less juice

The lemon sugar glaze soaks into the loaf but also creates a sweet, slightly crisp glaze on top. My favorite part!

If it has been a while since you have enjoyed the deliciousness of homemade baking, this old fashioned lemon loaf complete with a pucker-up tangy sweet glaze is the perfect easy recipe for you!

The Very Best Lemon Loaf Recipe
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 1/2 cup butte
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • For glaze
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add eggs and beat until well incorporated
Add lemon rind and milk and continue to beat until combined (mixture will almost appear curdled)
Sift together flour and baking powder and add to first mixture
Mix until combined
Pour into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees of 45 minutes for metal pan or 55-60 minutes for a glass or stoneware pan
Check for doneness by inserting a wood skewer into the centre of the cake ensuring it comes out clean
Remove from oven, pour over glaze and cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely
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  • Effie Chigas Effie Chigas on Sep 28, 2021

    Hello, it sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try it. I don’t see where you tell us about putting the glaze on. Do you do it right after it comes out of the oven while it’s still in the pan? Thank you!

  • This looks marvelous! My boss and I both adore anything lemon. And just like you, I use lemons year round. I have a tree but with the drought, it is not as prolific as it has been in the past. Have everything on hand and will even have time to whip up a couple loaves before work! Thanks for sharing.

    • Red Cottage Chronicles Red Cottage Chronicles on Oct 12, 2021

      How lucky are you to have your own lemon tree! I would love to be able to grow lemons, but they wouldn't survive our winters!