I am blessed with two close friends whose lives are full but who make a point for the three of us to get together, just the three of us, as often as we can. Sometimes we go out for lunch, or maybe shop or just gather at one anothers homes to chat. Every gathering involves some kind of food and today’s gathering was no different. My offering was to be dessert and summertime means lemon to me. I have seen several versions of Starbucks (no longer on their menu) lemon loaf and wanted to give it a try. I love the money you can save by making it yourself! My friends enjoyed it and I hope you will too.
STARBUCKS LEMON LOAF
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
zest of one lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
juice of 1/4 lemon
Preheat over to 350. Grease and flour one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice with a mixer. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Add lemon zest and oil. Mix again to combine.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool just slightly while you make the glaze.
Prepare glaze by whisking ingredients to combine.
Remove bread from the pan and place on wire rack. Pour glaze over bread. Cool completely.
My friends and I had a great lunch complete with sandwiches, iced tea, homemade salsa and guacamole (yum) and this lovely lemon treat. Friends and food – now that is a great way to spend the day!
You can find a very similar printable version of this recipe HERE.