Update: Read my next post before embarking on any making of this lemon bread.....
My Mom was an excellent cook and entertaining was one of her favorite things in the world to do. She would often make this lemon bread in batches of ten or so small loaves and give them to neighbors. And to my husband Mark. It was their little tradition, her way of saying I love you. She loved that it was between the two of them and would never give me the recipe.
She's been gone almost three years and today would have been her birthday. Her recipe box is now mine and yes there was the lemon bread recipe, among other family treasures. It wasn't until this year that I was finally ready to make it.
Mae's Lemon Bread ( 2 loaves)
1 c shortening
2 c. sugar
4 eggs slightly beaten
2 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c milk
cream the shortening and sugar
add the eggs
mix dry ingredients
alternate adding flour and milk
Bake at 350 for one hour
mix 1/2 c of sugar with lemon juice, pour over the top when cooled
I added some lemon zest to the batter, I think it was a good addition, but I guess Mark will be the ultimate judge. It's whats for dessert tonight. I'll let you know.
Happy Birthday Mom, I Love you!