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How to make Lemon "Character" Bread | The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

Updated on September 29, 2011

This sweetbread recipe has besides the great taste of sweetened lemon, but has the capability to build and test one of your fundamental virtues if you are up to it. Character of steel is forged in the blast furnace of hard work, tempered with deprivation, and honed to a sharp edge with discipline. Thus this recipe is the test of your culinary character… Do Enjoy!

1 Cup Butter

2 ½ Cup Granulated Sugar Divided

4 Eggs, whites and yolks separated

3 ¼ Cup all-Purpose Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 ¼ Cup Milk

1 Cup Nuts finely chopped (I prefer Walnuts)

Grated lemon peel of 2 ea Lemons

Fresh Lemon Juice from 2 ea Lemons

Pre Heat Oven to 350 Deg

  1. Grease and flour 3 ea 9 X 5 X 3 in loaf pans , set aside
  2. In a small mixing bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter; gradually add 2 Cups of Sugar, creaming smooth and well mixed, then add the 4 egg yolks and beat well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in the large mixing bowl, blending them in alternately with milk, blend just until mixed.
  5. Fold in to the mix the beaten egg whites, chopped nuts, and lemon peel
  6. Equally turn into the prepared loaf pans
  7. Bake in 350 Oven for 55 – 60 mins, or until it passes the toothpick test
  8. Combine the Lemon Juice and remaining ½ Cup of sugar.
  9. When you remove the loafs from the oven prick the tops of the hot loaves with a toothpick or a fork, all over the top but not to the point of crumbling the crust. Immediately spoon the lemon juice mixture over the loaf tops. Let cool 1 hr before removing from pans
  10. Here is where your character counts; you cannot slice the bread for 24 hrs. It must cool through and through before you lay a knife to it. If you try, if you fail this test, your weakness will lead to a pile of really good crumbs but not bread as intended. Discipline Kiddo! Discipline!!! And plenty of butter on mine please…


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      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      nice recipes

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thank you Kimberly Enjoy!

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      9 years ago

      Sounds delicious. Thank you for a fun Hub,Kimberly

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      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Cady V - Like Popeye (one of my boyhood heroes) used to say "I am what I am" Thanks!

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Oy! That first paragraph had me fanning my self! You rock with descriptions! From the battlefield to the kitchen - you are all about danger and intrigue (and such a nice face!)

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      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      BPOP That it is Thanks for coming by....

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      9 years ago

      Yum! I love the idea, delicious recipe and a test of character and self control. Thanks!

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      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Gus Thanks for coming by, you should put the poke cake recipe out there... I'd try it for sure.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hmrjmr1 - It tastes great. One can tell. Reads a lot like the "Poke Cake" we make around here. Gus

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      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for stopping by creativeone59, Enjoy!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a sweet delicious and tempting hub. Thanks for sharing. creativeone59


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