Ah yes...another rainy day....Lots of inside moments where I can witness this:
My big boy and my man - sharing a story (Star Wars of course!)
Rainy weather is the perfect time to do some baking.
I love to bake. It is real therapy for me.
My dear husband laughs at me - I can be having the worse day EVER, feeling overwhelmed and incapable of completing the regular tasks of the day. And instead of crashing onto the couch into a ball of cry, I pull out my KitchenAid mixer, a bag of flour and I am off to the races. My sadness and anger disappears and my family benefits from my new found mood - and some delicious cookies or loaves.
The recipe I share with you today is an old fave from my childhood. My mother was/is a passionate baker, too. I don't think I ever ate a store-bought cookie in the first 10 years of my life - why would I when there was so much home-baking being done in our home.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup white sugar
Zest the peel of 1 lemon and cut it into teeny-tiny pieces.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together:
5 tbsp. softened butter
1 cup milk
Mom's recipe doesn't call for these additional ingredients, but I stirred in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup lemon flavoured baking chips.
*** EDITED TO ADD - I purchased my lemon baking chips came from the BULK BARN.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir only to combine the textures. Do not over-stir or you'll end up with a tough loaf.
Grease or line a loaf pan and spoon in the batter.
Level it with the back of a spoon.
Bake the loaf for 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees.
While the loaf bakes, make the glaze.
Glaze: Stir together 1/3 cup sugar and the juice from 1/2 the lemon.
Once the loaf is baked, remove it from the oven and poke the top surface with the tines of a fork.
Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bread.
Get ready to enjoy!!
I hope you give this recipe a try. Let me know how it goes if you do!!
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