Lemon Loaf with Thyme Infused Simple Syrup

It feels like the world is falling apart. My heart is heavy. I feel so weary. I feel helpless with the amount of hatred and evil in this world. So today I am caring for myself. Today I am baking.

I am overwhelmed. There has been an act of domestic terrorism here in the US. I am about to enter into my last semester of undergrad, one that will be busy and stressful. I feel on edge. I originally planned on posting this yesterday, but it didn’t feel right. 

So here I am. Not much has changed from yesterday to today. Not much has changed from 2020 to 2021. The only thing that changed is that I realized this helps me. Baking, blogging, its all an act of self care. So here I am, trying my hardest in the midst of uncertainty and chaos. 

Okay that was a lot. Anyways, here’s the recipe! I LOVE citrus flavors! I LOVE lemon! I wanted to experiment with something sweet and savory, so here it is! My lemon loaf with thyme infused simple syrup. This is sweet. It is savory. It tastes a bit like summer, something I am wishing for in these dreadfully gray days. 

This loaf is quick and easy to throw together. First, you’ll cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. I mixed mine on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture was light and fluffy. Next, mix in the eggs and Greek yogurt until combined.

Next you’ll add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. I used a sifter to ensure that there were no clumps in my batter. The batter should be light and fluffy. I definitely stole a few bites of batter before baking it! 

Bake the loaf at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

While the loaf is cooling, prepare the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir sugar, lemon juice, and thyme until sugar has melted. 

Pour simple syrup through a strainer over the loaf. Slice and enjoy! 

Lemon Loaf with Thyme Infused Simple Syrup

This lemon loaf is sure to brighten even the grayest of days. This loaf is perfectly moist. It is sweet with a touch a savory from the thyme.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Thyme Infused Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 sprigs thyme

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 2 quart loaf pan.
  • Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and Greek yogurt. Mix until combined and smooth.
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix on low until combined.
  • Transfer batter to prepared load pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • While cake is cooling, prepare simple syrup. Place sugar, lemon juice, and thyme in a saucepan on the stove. Heat on medium heat until sugar has melted, stirring throughout.
  • Remove the loaf from the loaf pan. Pour simple syrup through a strainer to catch pieces of thyme. Cover loaf in simple syrup. Slice and enjoy.
Keyword lemon, Loaf, Simple Syrup, Thyme

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