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Quick Lemon Bread

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


Quick Lemon Bread Recipe

This bread is a treat for anyone who loves the fresh, bright taste of citrus. Made doubly moist by the lemon-sugar glaze applied after it comes out of the oven, it's reminiscent of poke cake (remember that?). It's sweet enough to serve for dessert, yet tart enough to go well in a brunch breadbasket with other muffins and breads.

At a glance

one 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf


Choose your measure:


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil OR 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.
  2. To make the bread: Mix the buttermilk or yogurt with the lemon juice and lemon oil, and set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar until combined.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture.
  7. Pour into the pan, and bake for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. To make the glaze: While the bread is baking, whisk together the glaze ingredients to dissolve the sugar.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven, and poke it all over with a cake tester, skewer, ice pick, or other long, thin tool.
  10. While the loaf is hot, drizzle it gradually with the glaze, stopping periodically to allow it to soak in. Set it aside, and let it cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. Remove the bread from the pan, and allow it to cool completely before slicing. The bread will keep for 5 days on the counter, covered. Freeze for up to 3 months.