2Tablespoons(30mL) fresh lemon juiceabout 1 small lemon
½cup(113g) unsalted buttersoftened to room temperature
1cup(200g) granulated sugar
2Tablespoonslemon zestabout 4 small lemons
3large eggsroom temperature
½cup(60g) powdered sugar
1 to 2Tablespoons(15-30mL) whole milk or cream
½Tablespoonlemon zestabout 1 small lemon
LEMON POPPY SEED LOAF
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177ºC). Spray a 9" x 4" loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and poppy seeds. Set aside.
Measure the cream into a small bowl or measuring cup with a spout, then add the lemon juice and vanilla extract and stir to combine. It will thicken up. This is ok. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture again after each addition, and scraping down the sides as needed.
Turn the mixer speed down to low, then slowly add the flour mixture. Continue mixing until the batter is mostly combined, then add the cream mixture. Continue mixing on low, scraping down the sides as needed, until batter has just come together.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. If loaf is browning too quickly for your liking, you can tent the pan with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before adding the glaze.
In a small bowl or a measuring cup with a spout, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk or cream, and lemon zest.
Remove loaf from the pan before spooning or pouring the glaze evenly over the top of the loaf. Lemon poppy seed loaf stays fresh covered tightly at room temperature up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Loaf freezes well, up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.