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Glazed Lemon Loaf Bread is a sweet, creamy, and delicious recipe that is easy to make and the perfect sweet treat to enjoy anytime.
((Blowing the dust off))
It has been awhile since I have posted anything on my little corner of the internet world and I could explain to you how the past few months included a move (plus renovations), surgery after months of feeling awful, the usual work demands, and football, but I will spare you all of those little details/drawn out excuses and share with you the truth.
I feel as though we have developed enough of a relationship that you at least deserve that.
The real truth behind the long blog break was that….I lacked the motivation to post anything…..gasp!
You see…(sorry I know I said no excuses)….I began blogging almost 3 years ago and have tried to share my thoughts and recipes with you three times each week. This on top of working a full-time job outside of the home, being a single parent, and simply enjoying a life, I found myself posting not for passion but instead to meet a deadline. This lead to my creativity being rushed and me not always producing the best content to share with you and that is not fair to you nor something that I am proud of.
If you are a blogger or content creator then I know that you already understand and can relate to my dilemma, but for those of you that are not let me tell you that this is a balancing act and a commitment. Brainstorming content, making the recipe, taking photos, editing said photos, creating a jazzy post, and then promoting the post takes lots of time and energy. I think I can speak for most bloggers when I say that we do this because we love it and if it wasn’t for that love then I would probably spend all of that time watching reality television.
But alas as with anything in life…sometimes it’s nice just to take a break and get a fresh perspective on things or in my case to find the motivation and drive that I had when this blog first began. There were a few signs that let me know it was time to take a break and they were:
- It began to feel more like a chore instead of a passion
- Feeling burned out and lacking motivation
- Lacking focus and/or easily distracted
- Failing to produce your best work
- Spending more time focusing on your virtual life and less on your real life
If you find yourself feeling the same way that I was about blogging or anything, then know that it is okay to take a break and just be. It is okay to give yourself a pass to be human and take some time for yourself. Self-care is the most important thing of all and most people spend so much time giving to others that they fail when it comes to pouring into themselves. And you cannot give water from an empty well honey.
I hope that you understand where I am coming from and stick around for my little journey that will yield some awesome recipes, loads of sarcastic comments, and the occasional mess. After all, when life gives you lemons you can make lemonade or some tasty glazed lemon loaf bread.
Glazed Lemon Loaf Bread
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon extract
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lemon Glaze (Topping)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- Bread– To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, yogurt, and whisk vigorously until smooth and combined.
- Drizzle in the vegetable oil while whisking to combine.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon extract, and whisk to combine. Note – Please do not substitute lemon juice or lemon oil on this step…you will want to use lemon extract for full flavor.
- Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix. The batter will be lumpy and that is totally fine…you do not want to mix until smooth.
- Pour the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 50 to 52 minutes, or until top is domed, set, and a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. If the loaf appears to brown faster than finished baking, then cover the top loosely with foil until baking is complete.
- Allow loaf to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before removing onto the rack to cool completely before glazing.
- Lemon Glaze – In a small bowl, add the confectioner’s sugar and slowly drizzle in the lemon juice while whisking until smooth and combined.
- Evenly drizzle glaze over bread before slicing and serving.
- The bread may be kept in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
*Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks