Make Your Own Sunshine

Mother Nature has her own agenda and nothing the calendar or the groundhog says will change her mind. We had snow on Sunday and there is a Special Weather Statement for our area for tonight and tomorrow. The statement suggests we will get snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain. Accumulation will be anywhere from 5 – 10 cm.

To cheer myself up yesterday, I made a lemon loaf. The sweet, yet tart flavour tastes like spring and sunshine. It is an old recipe I’ve used for years and it never disappoints. We always have an argument in my house over the end pieces. The loaf is glazed with sugar and lemon juice on all sides when it comes out of the oven. The end pieces get more glaze than a centre cut of the loaf so everyone wants one.

To add some sunshine to your day here is the recipe:

Lemon Loaf

½ cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk

½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, lemon juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; gradually stir into creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

2. Pour into a greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean.

3. Combine glaze ingredients. Remove bread from pan; immediately drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Note the recipe calls to drizzle the glaze over the top of the loaf. I always brush the glaze on all sides of the loaf, with the biggest share being put on the top. And although the recipe says to serve warm, it is equally good served cold the next day.

About Linda O'Toole

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1 Response to Make Your Own Sunshine

  1. Deanne Ouest says:

    Sounds delicious.


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