Lemon Almond Bread — A Perfect Easter Treat!

I was trying to come up with something delicious* to bring to my sister and brother-in-law’s house this weekend since they’re hosting us for Easter at their place in Columbia, South Carolina, and when I stumbled upon this recipe the other day I knew I’d found a winner. The lemon just screams springtime, and I love the citrus/almond combo (it even has almond milk in it!). A little sweet/salty action happening (thanks to the sliced almonds on top) plus scurvy prevention? I’m in.

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(*I know you told us not to bring anything, Susan, but I just couldn’t help it!)

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Ingredients (for bread):

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest (zest from roughly two lemons)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

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Ingredients (for glaze):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Sliced almonds for garnish

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Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray either one large loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix the sugar and lemon zest, using your fingers to combine until fragrant. Whisk sugar/lemon mixture into the flour mixture and set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine almond milk, oil, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract, mixing well.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
  • Bake until toothpick comes out clean (about 30 minutes if you’re using smaller pans, 55-60 for a larger pan).
  • Place loaf (still in the pan) on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes, then loosen the sides of the bread with a knife and carefully remove the bread from the pan. Cool completely.
  • While the bread is cooling, make the lemon glaze by combining powdered sugar, lemon juice, and almond extract in a small bowl, whisking until smooth. Drizzle the glaze on top of the bread and top with sliced almonds. Slice and ENJOY!

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Is anyone else cooking or baking something special for the holiday weekend? Please share any awesome recipes!

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