Moist and luscious, this is the perfect lemon loaf to accompany a cup of afternoon tea. Be sure to let the loaf cool completely before you drizzle over the glaze. Otherwise, it will all be absorbed completely and you’ll miss out on the sweet-tart surprise.

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 60-70 minutes

1 tablespoon flax meal

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 cups GF all-purpose flour

¾ cup organic cane sugar

¼ cup Sucanat

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

¾ teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 cup almond milk or rice milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon extract

½ cup melted vegan butter

1 cup powdered sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine the flax meal and chia seeds with 6 tablespoons of water and set aside to thicken.
  3. In large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, Sucanat, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and poppy seeds.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, flax and chia mixture, vanilla, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and the lemon extract.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well with a hand mixer. Gently fold in the melted butter.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes, rotate the loaf pan after 25 minutes of baking. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Let the loaf cool completely in the pan before removing to a wire rack.
  8. Make the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar with the remaining 4 teaspoons of lemon juice. Use a small spoon to drizzle lemon glaze over the cooled lemon poppy seed loaf. Let the glaze soak in for a few minutes before serving.

Makes one 9- by 5-inch loaf

Kelly Childs

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Kelly is the co-founder and co-owner (with her daughter Erinn) of the ever popular, Kelly's Bake Shoppe, where 1000's flock to on a weekly basis. She lives in Grey County with her two cats Daisy & Tuna. You can find Kelly developing and creating marketing content and building new business ideas with her daughter Erinn. They have the ever popular podcast: Cupcakes and Consciousness on Apple and Spotify. Tune into their latest shows. Kelly & Erinn are now writing their 2nd cookbook that is due to come out in winter 2023.

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