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Pecan Lemon Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Makes

1 loaf (16 slices)

A pretty glaze gives this tender, nutty bread a extra boost of lemony flavor. "I make it at least once a week. For variety, I substitute grated orange peel and orange juice for the lemons. —Laura Comitz, Enoa, Pennsylvania

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecans and lemon zest.
  2. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine lemon juice and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over warm bread. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 264 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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