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Friday, April 4, 2008

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Spring is here! Yes yes I know spring arrived last week. But with blowing snow, temperatures below zero celcius and 4 foot snow banks, it felt more like the dead of winter and I could not bring myself to post anything regarding spring.

But the last few days have been sunny and warmer, and now I am starting to think about all those fresh spring flavors, like lemon.
This lemon loaf is one of my favorites. It is light and fluffy, full of fresh lemon aroma and flavor. The poppy seeds give it a nice texture and the glaze keeps the loaf moist and adds a nice sour sweetness.

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1 egg
2 tsp grated lemon rind
3 T lemon juice
1/2 cups milk (1 or 2%)
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 T poppy seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup light sour cream

1/4 cup icing sugar
2 T lemon juice


In a large bowl or food processor, beat together sugar, butter, egg, lemon ride and juice, mixing well. Add milk, and mix well.

Combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and baking soda add to bowl and alternate with sour cream mixing just until incorporated. Do not overmix. Pour into 9X5 pre-sprayed pan and bake for 35-40 min at 350F.

For the glaze, prick holes in top of the loaf with a fork. Combine the icing sugar with lemon juice and pour over the loaf.

Makes about 15 slices.

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