Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf

This is the first thing that I made from Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s new baking book, Sweet. Longtime readers of the blog will know that I love Ottolenghi’s food, so I was excited to receive this book for Christmas. Unfortunately, it is the North American version, which came with a long list of errors (seriously, one whole A4-sized page, with tiny print), mostly to do with cooking times and temperatures, but some regarding ingredients. That is seriously disappointing, to pay so much for a cookbook and then have to consult a printout each time to make sure you’re properly following instructions.

Anyway, onto the loaf. If I had to choose one loaf to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be lemon. I think the reason that I have not featured many on the blog so far is that H. is not a big fan of lemon loaves…………………OR SO HE THOUGHT!

As usual, I cut the sugar slightly, and in my humble opinion, it could even do with more cutting. I didn’t make the glaze, but it didn’t particularly need it, especially as it would just add sweetness (if I was making this for an occasion other than everyday eating, I would add it). The texture is excellent, the poppy seeds adding crunch, and the loaf is very zingy. It’s definitely not the sickly sweet cardboard lemon loaf that I’m sure many of us have had before! Find the recipe here.

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