1 cup sugar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
zest of 1 lemon
GLAZE: 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in milk, then lemon juice.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in fresh basil and lemon zest.
Slowly add flour to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until bread tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the center.
While bread is baking, prepare glaze by stirring lemon juice into the sugar in a small bowl. Stir periodically to make sure the sugar dissolves.
Remove the bread from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack with waxed paper beneath the rack. Brush glaze over all sides of the bread.
Allow to cool completely.
(Herb Day 2011 hospitality table recipe)