Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pucker-up Lemon Loaf

This is adapted from my Mom's amazing lemon loaf recipe. The sanding sugar (sugar with large granules) produces a great crisp-like topping that adds a great crunch to this beautifully moist loaf. It also keeps it crunch after the lemon glaze is added.

1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 tbsp cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp lemon rind

Juice of 1 -2 large lemons
1/3 cup sugar

Sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 5 loaf pan.

1. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy about 3 minutes.
2. Beat in cream cheese for another minute.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
4. Add vanilla and rind.
5. In another bowl sift or whisk flour, baking powder and salt.
6. Alternating with buttermilk, mix in dry ingredients in three additions (start with milk).
7. Pour batter into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.
8. Bake for 60-70 minutes.
9. Cool for 10 minutes. Poke loaf all over with tooth pick or skewer.
10. Mix lemon juice and sugar until sugar is mostly dissolved. Pour evenly over loaf.
11. Wait another 10 minutes so juices can soak into loaf. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely.


Do not over beat dry ingredients into wet. Mix until just incorporated to avoid a "tough" loaf.


  1. Wow this looks yummy! I'll have to try this soon!

  2. That's a very pretty cake and I love the name! I've saved it for trying out soon!

  3. I bet this is really moist with buttermilk and cream cheese. I love lemon cake/bread and your looks yummy!

  4. I love cakey breads like this! The lemon will be great for a nice fresh spring one of these. :)

  5. Oh you are TOTALLY speakin' my language with this recipe!

  6. That looks picture perfect. I love a good moist and pucker up lemon loaf.

  7. The cream cheese and butter milk will definitely make this loaf moist. The texture is so fine too. I'm saving this to try it sometime :)

  8. Looks delicious. I love lemon and will definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. How much butter is "1/2 butter"? I wanna make it but I don't know the amount of butter I need! :)

  10. 1/2 cup butter, I meant ! thanks for the catch!