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Lemon Thyme Quick Bread
Source: An old family recipe (Entered by Janice Matthews)
This recipe takes two bowls, and sounds more complicated than it really is. For any true lover of lemon flavors, this makes a special addition to a memorable meal!
Serves: 1 loaf
6 T. butter or margarine, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 T. grated lemon rind (no bitter white part)
1/4 cup lemon juice, divided*
2 T. finely chopped lemon thyme
2 cups flour**
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar (opt.; see below)
Step by Step Instructions
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. While it is heating, cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, then add eggs, beating well after each.
- Mix in lemon rind, 2 T. of the juice, and lemon thyme. (*Save the rest of the juice for the glaze; see below.)
- In a second bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. * Flour can be either all unbleached all-purpose flour, or a half-and-half mix of unbleached and whole wheat. (All whole wheat gets a bit heavy.)
- Add the dry ingredients from bowl two into bowl one, alternately with the milk, mixing just until batter is smooth and blended.
- Grease and flour an 8x41/2 inch loaf pan, and pour in the batter. Bake for 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven. Let bread stand in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out.
- **Totally optional but yummy -- Mix the remaining 2 T. of lemon juice with 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar. Then pour this glaze over the warm loaf.
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