In part 2, I am sharing my severely lacking baking skills again with this easy lemon loaf and even easier banana muffin recipe.
|For lemon loaf:|
|Granulated sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Sour cream/Greek yogurt||1 Cup (16 tbs) (about 8 ounces)|
|Canola oil/Vegetable oil||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Lemon zest||2 Tablespoon|
|Lemon extract||2 Tablespoon (or to taste)|
|All purpoase flour||1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Baking powder||2 Teaspoon|
|Salt||1/2 Teaspoon (or to taste)|
|For lemon glaze:|
|Confectioners sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||3 Tablespoon|
|For banana muffins:|
|Flour||1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|White sugar||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Brown sugar||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Baking powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Melted margarine/Melted butter||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
FOR LEMON LOAF:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
2. To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, sour cream, and whisk vigorously until smooth and combined.
3. Drizzle in the oil while whisking to combine.
4. Add the lemon zest, lemon extract, and whisk to combine. Note – I used 2 tablespoons of lemon extract because no actual lemon juice is used in the loaf and I found 2 tablespoons lemon extract necessary for full-bodied lemon flavor, but add to taste.
5. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix. Some lumps will be present and that’s okay, don’t try to stir them smooth.
6. Turn the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
7. Bake for about 50 to 52 minutes, or until top is domed, set, and toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. In the last 10 minutes of baking, tent pan with foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over pan) to prevent excessive browning on the top and sides of bread before center cooks through.
8. Allow loaf to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (I cooled 4 hours) before turning out onto rack to cool completely before glazing.
FOR LEMON GLAZE:
1. Allow loaf to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (I cooled 4 hours) before turning out onto rack to cool completely before glazing.
2. Evenly drizzle glaze over bread before slicing and serving.
1. Extra glaze can be spread on the cut surface of the bread like you’d spread butter on toast and it soaks right in making the bread even moister and more lemony. Or you can halve the glaze recipe if you’re not a glaze person.
FOR BANANA MUFFINS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
3. Beat wet ingredients in another bowl, slowly add dry ingredients to the wet while mixing.
4. Add bananas and mix well.
5. Pour into lightly greased loaf or muffin pans.
6. Bake 40 minutes for loaf pan, 23 minutes for muffins.
7. Feel free to add spices, chocolate chips or anything else you think might taste good.
8. Serve and enjoy!