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Lemon Loaf—Starbucks Copy Cat

Lemon Loaf: A Refreshing Citrus Delight!



Introduction:

Hello, baking enthusiasts! Today, I'm thrilled to share with you my latest recipe for a mouthwatering Zesty Lemon Loaf. This delightful treat combines the tangy goodness of lemons with a moist and fluffy texture that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. Whether you're an experienced baker or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is simple, yet incredibly rewarding. So, let's get started on this citrusy adventure!


Ingredients:

For the loaf:

- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- ¼ teaspoon baking soda

- ½ teaspoon salt

- 1 cup granulated sugar

- 2 large eggs

- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

- ½ cup buttermilk

- 2 tablespoons lemon zest

- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the glaze:

- ½ cup powdered sugar

- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Instructions:


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set it aside for later use.


2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.


3. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer or do this by hand.


4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients.


5. Now, it's time to add the buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.


6. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix as it may result in a dense loaf.


7. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.


8. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


9. While the loaf is baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.


10. Once the loaf is fully baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack.


11. While the loaf is still warm, drizzle the lemon glaze over the top, allowing it to seep into the loaf.


12. Let the lemon loaf cool completely before slicing and serving. The flavors will intensify as it sits, making it even more delectable.


Enjoying Your Zesty Lemon Loaf:

Slice into this fragrant and moist lemon loaf and savor the burst of citrus flavors. The tangy lemon glaze adds a delightful sweetness and an extra punch of lemon goodness. This loaf is perfect for breakfast, a midday snack, or even as a dessert accompanied by a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Remember to store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, although it's doubtful it will last that long!


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