The culinary adventures of a 20-something woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

The culinary adventures of a 20-something year old woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Grandma's Lemon Loaf

I think that the best cooks in the world are grandmothers. If you ask anybody where they got their most-prized, top secret recipe for just about anything, its their grandma. So I must give full credit to the best lemon loaf in the world to the best grandma in the world - mine. Grandma Kay used to make this lemon loaf recipe for me every time I came home from university, and she would send me back with it to share with my roommates. Now, this recipe is what I make for the neighbours - it keeps them from complaining when we have guests over till 3am! Enjoy.

1 cup water, boiling
1 package lemon jello powder
4 eggs
1 lemon cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup icing sugar

1. Dissolve jello powder into boiling water and let cool (about 10 mins).
2. Mix eggs, cake mix, oil, and lemon jello/water mixture well - but don't worry if there are a few clumps here and there, they will bake out. Its best not to over mix.
3. Pour mixture into 2 loaf pans lined with wax paper (and sprayed with Pam) and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Loaf is done when toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.
4. Mix lemon juice and icing sugar together well. Use toothpick and pierce tops of loaves, then pour mixture overtop of each. Take a knife and loosen wrap from loaf so lemon mixture will run down the ends and sides.
I find lemon loaf is best the next day or when completely cooled. Freezes perfectly and is a great gift to new neighbours and old friends!


  1. What size loaf pans?

  2. I've used a variety of pans when i've tried this recipe. I've even used the really small tinfoil pans from the grocery store when I'm making them to take somewhere (it goes in 3 of those). You just need to adjust the baking time to the size of the pans.

  3. MIL said
    I tried this recipe and loved it. Only needed 45 minutes in my oven. A friend was over when the loaves came out of the oven and after a slice or two, I had to cut her off, she had to have the recipe. Great!