Lemon Loaf

Lemon loaf is a delightful baked treat bursting with the bright and refreshing flavor of lemon. It’s made with lemon zest, lemon juice, and sometimes lemon extract for an extra citrusy punch. The loaf is moist and tender, often topped with a tangy lemon glaze that adds a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, lemon loaf pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee. Here’s a straightforward recipe to get you started:


For the loaf:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Prepare Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  4. Incorporate Wet Ingredients:
    • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add the sour cream or Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth.
  5. Combine Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Prepare Lemon Glaze:
    • While the loaf is baking, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.
  8. Cool and Glaze:
    • Once the loaf is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
    • While the loaf is still warm, pour the lemon glaze over the top, allowing it to drizzle down the sides.
  9. Serve:
    • Let the loaf cool completely before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious homemade lemon loaf!

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