The Hungry Games: Lemon Quick Bread Edition

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It's time for another edition of The Hungry Games, in which we pit several recipes for one type of dish against each other, taste test extensively, and declare only one victor.  This week's contest searches for the ultimate lemon tea bread.

Three recipes were tested:

  • Starbuck's Lemon Loaf copycat recipe from Top Secret Recipes (3rd place)
  • Lemon Tea Bread by Diane Shannon (a close 2nd place)
  • Lemon Tea Bread recipe published by Nordic Ware (the WINNER)

I absolutely adore bright, tart lemon flavor.  And I really hate confections that are allegedly lemon flavored, but are, in truth, only vaguely lemon scented.  Such promise, such disappointment when I encounter those citrus imposters.  

This recipe is packed with real lemon and lots of flavor.

Lemon Tea Bread Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of two lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease and flour a bread pan.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest.  Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well between each egg.

Add dry ingredients, alternating with the milk and lemon juice.

Spread batter in the prepared pan, and bake for one hour.

In the meantime, make a lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze Recipe

  • lemon juice from 2 lemons (approximately 1/2 c)
  • 1/2 c sugar

When the loaf is done (test with a toothpick in the center of the cake), pull it out of the oven, and while still warm, pour the lemon glaze over the lemon tea bread.  

Of course my loaf fell in the center for the first time ever when I was making this for the blog post.  Clearly time to get new baking powder.  But it did make a really great place to soak up all that luscious lemon glaze.

Here's a cautionary tale for you.  DON'T BE IMPATIENT LIKE I WAS!  Let the lemon tea bread cool completely before attempting to remove it from the pan.  Or it will be a complete mess.  An utterly delicious complete mess, but definitely a visual disaster, only good for turning into a trifle at this point.

Not my prettiest effort, but it was still a joy to eat!  My oldest daughter can't get enough, and even asked for this to be her next birthday cake.

I'm on the search for a good apple/oatmeal kind of cookie right now.  Anyone have a favorite recipe they'd like to submit for the next edition of The Hungry Games?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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