Sliced Lemon Bread on Wooden Cutting Board
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The Best Lemon Bread

An easy and delicious recipe for Lemon Bread that is even better than Starbuck's Lemon Loaf.  This lemon bread is tender, moist, and full of bright lemon flavor and finished with a sweet glaze. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


Lemon Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter softened (this is one stick of butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour unbleached, all purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 9 inch loaf pan. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, eggs, and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • In a smaller bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder and whisk to evenly distribute salt and baking powder. 
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, along with the milk and lemon zest. Fold to evenly incorporate batter. 
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into lemon loaf comes out clean. 
  • While lemon bread is baking, whisk together lemon juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved (it may help to warm up your lemon juice before whisking with sugar.) 
  • After baking, leave your lemon bread in loaf pan and poke holes halfway to bottom of pan evenly along the top of the bread. Pour glaze over lemon bread. 
  • Let sit in loaf pan for 10 minutes and then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling completely. 
  • Lemon bread will keep in a sealed container for 3 days at room temperature and for 5 days if refrigerated. 


  • Be sure to use only FRESH lemon juice for this recipe. This recipe will require about 2 fresh lemons (their zest and juice).
  • Room temperature eggs and butter are recommended for the best results. 


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.9mg