On-the-go lemon loaf with pistachios



15 min


1 h 20 min


16 servings

On-the-go lemon loaf with pistachios

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Flecks of green pistachios make this luscious lemon loaf even more appealing. The sweet-tart lemon glaze helps keep the bread incredibly moist.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly oil or spray a 9×5-inch (2-L) loaf pan. In a medium-size bowl, using a fork, stir flour with baking powder and salt. Grate peel from lemon, then stir in. Coarsely chop nuts. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 cup (250 mL) sugar until well mixed, 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, vanilla and milk. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until batter is moist. Stir in nuts. Do not overmix. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan. Smooth top.
  • Bake in centre of preheated 350F (180C) oven until deep golden brown and a cake tester or skewer inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze 3 tbsp (45 mL) juice from lemon into a small bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar. It won’t completely dissolve. When loaf is baked, remove pan to a rack. Using a cake tester or skewer, immediately poke several holes in top of loaf. Brush or drizzle half of lemon glaze over hot loaf. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then run a knife around inside of pan to loosen loaf. Carefully turn out loaf, then turn top side up on a rack. Evenly brush or drizzle remaining lemon glaze overtop. Great warm or at room temperature. Or cool completely, then wrap in plastic, then foil. Bread will keep well at room temperature 1 day or refrigerate up to a week or freeze up to 2 months.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 220,
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.2 g,
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 102 mg.

Packed To Go

Slice bread, then place on a plastic tray and wrap in plastic. Or store in a covered container.