I’ve been doing a lot of blog hopping lately and marking so many recipes that are on my wishlist. . Sigh, I don’t get to cook all day all long.. So that’s how I stumbled upon this recipe for Starbucks lemon loaf. . Just the sound of it made the recipe to the top of my wishlist. The curries and the roast and the cookies can wait. .Lemon loaf is all I care about now. It seemed like a good copy cat recipe and so I went ahead with it. The recipe seemed pretty simple and the loaf baked perfectly. Its hard to tell if it actually tastes like the starbucks lemon loaf, coz I’ve never tasted it. Starbucks or not, this made a good lemon loaf . I got this recipe from http://jennsrandomscraps.blogspot.in
Here’s what you will need
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
zest of one lemon
The recipe also included a glaze, which I skipped, coz the loaf looked so inviting by itselk, I didn’t think it really needed anything more. .
So you start with , preheat the oven to 175 C and grease a loaf tin. Not sure how the cake will turn out if you use a square or round pan.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Leave aside.
In a bowl, combine eggs, then the sugar(powdered), the butter, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice. I used the cake beater, making sure all was well blended.
Though the recipe suggested pouring the wet ingredients into the dry ones, I went about it the other way around. So I mixed tablespoons of the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mixed it gently with a wooden spatula till all the flour was combined. Next you need to add the oil and the lemon zest(make sure you use only the yellow part of the lime and not the white pith, coz that gives a really bitter taste. ) And our batter is ready.
Pour into the loaf tin and bake for about 45 mins. To check if its done, insert a toothpick into the cake and if comes out clean or with a few crumbs, the cake is ready. .
You can see that my lemon loaf has browned a little extra than it should, so I was nervous about having over baked it, but when I cut into it, it was perfecto.....
Not too sure if this cake is to be cooled down before eating, but I dug into it right away. If you are presenting it, a few slivers of lemon zest will do the trick. .
Try it out, I promise you, you will be happy you did. . . Enjoy......