You asked for it: Lemon bread

I'd like the lemon bread recipe from the Black Cat in Belleair. Thank you.

Caroline Kilbourne, Clearwater

JoEllen Snavely of St. Pete Beach shares a lemon bread recipe from the 1976 Junior League of Milwaukee's Be Our Guest cookbook. She's correct when she writes that it makes a light, moist cakelike bread. Hopefully it will remind Caroline of the one at the Black Cat, which has been closed for years. If you like lemon you'll really enjoy this bread, as it bursts with flavor, like a taste of summer. The sugar glaze is almost like a lemony sweet crust on the bread. It melts in your mouth. I did not have a true 9- by 5-inch loaf pan. Mine is slightly larger at 9 ½ by 5 ½. I still baked it for 1 hour and it was fine. This would be nice with tea or served alongside a main-dish salad. It would also be nice with a powdered sugar glaze.

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>>EASY

Lemon Bread

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Grated rind of 1 lemon, about 2 teaspoons

½ cup milk

½ cup chopped nuts, optional

For the glaze:

cup sugar

Juice of 1 lemon, about 3 tablespoons juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients, lemon rind and milk. Mix well. Stir in nuts, if using.

Pour into a greased 9- by

5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Combine glaze ingredients. Spoon gradually over bread, allowing glaze to be absorbed. Let stand 30 minutes then remove from pan to cool completely.

Source: 976 Junior League of Milwaukee's Be Our Guest cookbook courtesy of JoEllen Snavely of St. Pete Beach

You asked for it: Lemon bread 01/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 3:30am]

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