The doorbell would ring twice. Always twice. Once a week, usually on a Thursday morning, Miz Becky Simmons would come breezing in for coffee and a cigarette. This was the 60's. Everyone smoked. They both wore shirt-waist dresses and penny loafers. Mother and Miz Becky. Mother's was a lavender and Miz Becky's was a light lemon yellow. They would sit at the kitchen table and drink a few cups of coffee and talk about the society pages.They each got their hair done once a week at Sybil's in Fondren Place. They had standing appointments. They exchanged gossip and made plans to attend the symphony.
Mother would also make this Lemon Tea Loaf for those coffee klatch times! Now, everyone loved this tea loaf. It always put a smile on their face and everyone wanted to know her recipe! Well, honey....like William Faulkner always said, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi!"
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup of Jack Daniels Bourbon
Grease and flour a 9x5" loaf pan.
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, eggs and granulated sugar until nice and fluffy. Add half of the milk and mix, then add half of the flour mixture and mix....then add the remaining milk, mix. And finally add the remaining flour mixture, and mix.
Fold in the blueberries if you wish to add them. Otherwise, omit this step. Add the lemon zest. Pour your luscious, lemony batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until golden and firm in the center.
Let the bread cool for about 5 minutes.
Mix together the lemon juice, the powdered sugar and the bourbon to make a glaze and pour the glaze all over the warm bread....
Now....take a toothpick and poke the loaf all over the place. Drizzle that lemon bourbon deliciousness all over. Pour it over the loaf shugah....don't drink from the measuring cup! That's not ladylike. Slice and serve!