Lemon Loaf

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

The Best Lemon Loaf Recipe

I love to bake and my family loves it even more. If you are searching for a new recipe to try then look no further. I can promise you that your family  will keep asking you to make then this is the recipe for them and get so excited when they see lemons come home from the grocery store! This lemon loaf is such a delicious treat that my family gets so excited when they know I am baking it. The sweet lemon glaze is the best part and is what keeps my kids asking for more.

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

Lemon Loaf Recipe

Makes: 2 loaves

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45-60 minutes

Cool time: 30 minutes

Total time: about 1 ½ hours

Ingredients for Lemon Loaf

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

16 tbsp butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 ½ tbsp lemon zest

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup buttermilk, room temperature

¼ cup lemon juice

For icing: 

2 cups powdered sugar

3 ½ tbsp lemon juice

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How to Make this Lemon Loaf Recipe

To make your lemon loaf, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and grabbing 2 – 8 ½ x 4 inch loaf pans. Grease each pan with butter or cooking spray and coat with flour to avoid any sticking. 

In a stand mixer or a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar at medium speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture, mixing slightly after each addition. Add the lemon zest and mix the batter well. 

In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, ¼ cup lemon juice, and vanilla extract until combined. 

In another separate bowl, you’ll mix your dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk together to get rid of any clumps. 

With your mixer at low speed on the butter mixture, alternate between adding your dry ingredients and your buttermilk mixture. Continue to mix until the mixture is just combined. 

Pour the finished batter into the prepared pans and bake on the center rack of your oven for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

When the loaves are fully baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pans. Once slightly cooled, you can remove them from the pans and place the loaves on a wire rack to finish cooling.

While your loaves cool, you can make your simple lemon-y icing. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and the lemon juice until completely smooth. You’ll want to be able to drizzle it, so you may need to add more sugar or lemon juice to get it to the right consistency.

Drizzle the icing over the cooled lemon loaf and allow icing to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving. 

Tips and tricks for Lemon Loaf

  1. This loaf has a great flavor, but if you are a lemon-lover and want to pack an extra punch of lemon, you can substitute lemon extract for the vanilla extract. Your lemon loaf will be absolutely bursting with flavor!
  2. You will want to make sure that the buttermilk, eggs, and butter are completely room temperature before you make your lemon loaf. Pull those ingredients out a bit early so that they can be incorporated more smoothly into your batter. Cold ingredients can lead to lumpy and uncombined mixtures. 
  3. Some people like to add a bit of yellow icing on top of their loaf in addition to the classic white icing. If you want to do this, just split your icing into two bowls before drizzling and add a few drops of yellow food coloring to one of the bowls. 
  4. You are going to want to use real lemon juice in this recipe for sure. Bottled lemon has some great uses and works great in many recipes, but I think it’s so important to use the real fruit here. Plus, the zest is important for developing the flavor so you need the lemon anyways!

How should I store my lemon loaf? 

Personally, I like to store my lemon loaf in the fridge. I keep it in an airtight container or a plastic bag and it stays fresh for about a week when I refrigerate. 

If you prefer to keep your loaf on the counter, you can. You’ll still want to keep it in an airtight container and it should keep for about 2-3 days. 

Can I freeze a lemon loaf? 

Want to save one of your loaves for later? You can freeze this loaf and it will come out perfectly fresh! I love recipes that I can throw in the freezer for a rainy day… especially one as yummy as this!

To freeze your lemon loaf, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the wrapped loaf into a plastic bag and place it in your freezer. If wrapped well it should last for 2-3 months.

Just pull the loaf out when you are ready to use it and let it come to room temperature.  I like to make a bit of extra icing when I pull out the frozen loaf and add some more right on top. 

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

 

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Yield: 2 Loaves

Lemon Loaf

Your tastebuds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing.

Your taste buds will be singing when you taste this delicious Lemon Loaf! This super moist load is packed with lemon flavor and topped with a delicious sweet icing. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • For icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 ½ tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grab 2 - 8 ½ x 4 inch loaf pans.

Grease each pan with butter or cooking spray and coat with flour to avoid any sticking. 

In a stand mixer or a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar at medium speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture, mixing slightly after each addition. Add the lemon zest and mix the batter well. 

In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, ¼ cup lemon juice, and vanilla extract until combined. 

In another separate bowl, you’ll mix your dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk together to get rid of any clumps. 

With your mixer at low speed on the butter mixture, alternate between adding your dry ingredients and your buttermilk mixture. Continue to mix until the mixture is just combined. 

Pour the finished batter into the prepared pans and bake on the center rack of your oven for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

When the loaves are fully baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pans. Once slightly cooled, you can remove them from the pans and place the loaves on a wire rack to finish cooling.

While your loaves cool, you can make your simple lemon-y icing. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and the lemon juice until completely smooth. You’ll want to be able to drizzle it, so you may need to add more sugar or lemon juice to get it to the right consistency.

Drizzle the icing over the cooled lemon loaf and allow icing to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving. 

Don’t forget to save this Lemon Loaf Recipe on Pinterest so you can find it next time you are looking for the perfect sweet lemon loaf! 

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1 Comment

  • Alyssa

    We love lemon desserts and those pictures show how moist this is! Can’t wait to make it for Sunday brunch.

    September 18, 2020 at 9:22 pm Reply
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