- ½ cup (1 stick) Challenge Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1½ Tablespoons fresh lemon zest
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 5 Tablespoons sugar
- 5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Line 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan with parchment paper to cover the bottom and extend above the sides by 2 to 3-inches. Butter the short ends of the pan.
2Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
3Blend in eggs.
4Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with addition of milk. Mix until batter is smooth.
5Blend in lemon juice and zest. Stir in chopped nuts.
6Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and center tests done.
7Prepare glaze by whisking together sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved.
8Leave bread in pan. Poke holes deep into warm loaf at approximately ½-inch intervals with a wooden skewer. Drizzle glaze slowly over top of warm bread allowing it to soak in.
9Let bread cool in the pan. Run a knife blade around the ends of the loaf and lift the loaf out of the pan using the extended edges of the parchment. Wrap the loaf in foil and allow the bread to set for several hours before slicing.
!It is important to let the bread sit for several hours or overnight if you want it to slice without breaking.