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Old Fashioned Lemon Bread With Lemon Syrup

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

This recipe of old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup carries a double dose of lemon. Finely grated lemon zest in the batter and lemon syrup poured over the bread after baking, make this bread one of the best lemon bread recipes I ever tried.

I found this recipe to be an awesome one for the holidays because it makes a very pretty gift to family and friends. Wrapped in a cute box or bag, the bread looks luxurious and very festive.

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

I made candied lemon and orange slices and decorate the breads with them. This recipe works perfect with orange flavor also. Replace lemon zest with orange zest and make the syrup using orange juice instead of lemon. Voila! Now you have one sweet bread in 2 flavors! What can be better than this?

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup


This recipe is not mine, but I suggest you trying it, because this is what I did too. Martha is the best!  

Note to Martha’s recipe: After I finished simmering the slices of orange and lemon in the syrup, I allowed them to dry on a rack until the next day when I tossed them in granulated sugar for a more festive look. The slices are even good to flavor a cup of tea with them, if you have leftovers. I had some, so that was a bonus!

One of my friends told me that it is the best lemon bread she ever had in her life, and she is 85 years old, so that IS something, right?


Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

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Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup
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Delicious lemon bread with lemon syrup perfect for any day of the year, but can make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays. The lemon can be replaced with orange in both batter and syrup. Also, the pecans can be replaced with 2-3 tablespoons of poppy seeds.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 loaf
  • ½ cup(1 stick/4 oz/113g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup(4oz/125g) powder sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups(5.5oz/155g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup(4fl oz/125ml) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest(you can replace it with orange zest)
  • Optional: ½ cup(chopped pecans) or 2-3 tablespoons of poppy seeds
  • For the lemon syrup:(or the orange syrup):
  • ¼ cup(50 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice(or orange juice)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Grease and flour a medium loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar and beat until blended.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl stir and toss together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add to the butter mixture, along with the milk and lemon(or orange zest) and beat until blended and smooth.
  6. Optionally, stir in the pecans, or the poppy seeds.
  7. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  8. Bake until a thin skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.
  9. While the bread bakes, make the lemon(or orange) syrup by combining the sugar and lemon/orange juice in a small pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  10. Remove the bread from the oven and, using a fork, gently poke the top in several places. Stir the syrup, then slowly drizzle it over the hot bread.
  11. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


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