My mom used to bake this bread every Christmas and put into individual tins wrapped in colorful cellophane to give to family, friends, & neighbors. It was a big hit and everyone looked forward to it every year. The bonus was that the lemons came from our lemon tree in the back yard.
Nancy's Lemon Bread
1 med. lemon
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar, plus 2 tsp more for glaze
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. milk
From one lemon, grate all peel, squeeze juice, set aside. (I like to put my lemon in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then roll it around on the counter to make it juicer)
In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, & salt with fork. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in lemon peel.
In small bowl, slightly beat eggs with fork, stir in milk, then stir this mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened.
Spoon into greased pan, bake 1 hour or until lightly browned. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
In small saucepan over med-hi heat, whisk lemon juice & 2 tsp. sugar to boiling. Cook, stirring until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Brush with pastry brush evenly over top of bread.