Lemon Tea Bread

Granny used to always say "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". This was one of her constant sayings to get you back on track. My Mama... well her take on it was slightly different depending on the day (or mood she was in). With her it could be "When life gives you lemons, ask for Salt and Tequila" another time it was "Squirt the juice in his eye". Between the two of them (and others) by the time that I became and adult I'd heard this saying and it's many variations to the point that I swore NEVER to use it.


For this recipe that I found.....

Maybe...just once...

Aw..what the hell....

"When life gives you Lemons, make Lemon Tea Bread"

Lemon Tea Bread

What you need:

Recipe adapted from 


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons lemon rind, divided

1 cup powered sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Here's what you do:

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended.

Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternating with milk, beating at low speed just until blended, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in tablespoon lemon rind. 

Spoon batter into greased and floured loaf pan. ( mine was 8x4 in)

Bake for 1 hour or until it passes the wooden toothpick test. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack. (don't be an airhead like me and forget that step.

Stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth: spoon evenly on top of bread.

Then make it really sugary by mixing together the remaining lemon rinds with about a tablespoon of sugar and sprinkling on the top of the bread.