Friday, March 16, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with a Lemon Glaze

This post is the perfect platform to declare my love for meyer lemons. If you've never tasted one of these gorgeously sweet citrus, I hope it will be on your to-do list for the week! Meyer lemons are ideal to bake with and give that perfectly intense citrus flavour to sweet treats. This lemon loaf can, of course, be made with run of the mill lemons but try making it with organic meyer lemons if you can - you won't be disappointed!

As for this delicious dessert it comes together in minutes and features a mix of poppy seeds and lemon - a classic combination that usually pleases any palette!

Sweet meyer lemons

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with a Lemon Glaze

4 eggs
180 grams of butter at room temperature
150 grams of sugar
200 grams of all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
A pinch of salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of poppy seeds

Lemon Glaze
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1 to 2 tbsp of lemon juice


Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the egg yolks reserving the whites in a separate bowl. Add the sugar to the yolks and mix until homogeneous. Add the room temperature butter and beat using a mixer until creamy (about 3 minutes). Add the lemon juice, zest and the vanilla extract and mix until just combined.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a small bowl. Mix until homogeneous.

Beat the egg whites, with a pinch of salt, until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the flour mixture. Fold in the poppy seeds. Pour the batter in a greased loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Make the glaze: add the confectioner's sugar to a bowl and whisk in the lemon a little bit at a time until you've reached a thick but workable consistency. You may not need the entire amount of lemon juice. Pour the glaze over the loaf once it has cooled and cut using a serrated knife. Enjoy!


turmericnspice said...

Now i just have to taste Meyer lemon - i love citrus how did i miss this :) i loved the loaf and it did get me weak in my knees :):)

thelittleloaf said...

I've never have a meyer lemon but have read so many rapturous posts about them - very jealous! Lemon and poppy seed loaf is one of my all time favourite cakes - moist, zingy and so delicious. Yours looks beautiful.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Meyer lemons are so great to work with - flavorful and easier to squeeze than regular lemons. Plus a lot of juice comes out. I must try your cake - it looks fantastic.

Anonymous said...

This looks so simple and refreshing for spring!

Yoshiblue said...

Thanks for this lemon poppy seed loaf with a lemon glaze recipe. It looks wonderful.

Anonymous said...

so, i just made this last night and although it is still super super super turned out really dense.... do you know what i could have done wrong? i was thinking maybe i should use bread flour instead of all purpose? i duno... just speculating.


Chocolate Shavings said...

Anonymous: I'm glad you liked it! As for denseness, my advice is to make sure you don't overbeat the batter so you keep that loaf as light and airy as possible

As soon as ingredients are just mixed, pour into your loaf pan and bake. I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Is there a way to convert grams to cups?

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