Lemon Blueberry Bread

This Lemon Blueberry Bread recipe produces a perfectly moist, flavorful and delicious loaf of quick bread! Topped with a lemon glaze this easy bread recipe is a classic combination of tart, sweet, and bright flavors! Sure to be a new favorite! Serve for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Love all things lemon? Try these lemon favorites: Lemon Curd, Lemon Blueberry Crepes, and Lemon Bundt Cake

twos slices of lemon blueberry bread on white plate with title overlay

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This Lemon Blueberry Bread is a delicious, flavorful quick bread perfect to enjoy along with a cup of coffee or tea. I love the bright flavors of blueberry and lemon, and they work together so beautifully in this simple loaf.

This lemon blueberry bread recipe comes together quite quickly and would beautiful for a special brunch, tea party or shower. In fact, I made this recipe with a very special occasion in mind… a sweet baby shower for my friend Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas.

Read along for the details on this delicious Lemon Blueberry Bread!

lemon blueberry bread recipe on white plate with two slices cut

Lemon Blueberry Bread Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour – make sure you properly measure the flour. Loosen your flour up by stirring the flour in the container, spoon it into the measuring cup and then use the back of a knife to level the cup, sweeping the excess flour off the top of the measuring cup.
  • baking powder – the leavening agent in this bread which helps the blueberry bread to rise.
  • salt – a critical component in this recipe as it helps to intensify the lemon and blueberry flavors.
  • unsalted butter – you can use salted if that is all you have on hand. Cut the amount of salt in half.
  • sugar – granulated sugar gives this lemon blueberry loaf a lovely sweetness and helps balance out the tartness from the lemons
  • eggs – brings the mixture together.
  • vanilla extract – use the real stuff here, it adds so much flavor!
  • fresh grated lemon zest and lemon juice – for a delicious lemon flavor. Zest your lemons first before juicing.
  • milk -loosens up the batter.
  • blueberries – you can use fresh or frozen but please remember to toss them in flour before adding to the batter. This keeps them from sinking to the bottom while the bread is baking.

And To Finish It Off – A Glaze!

The glaze is super simple to make but adds so much to this quick bread recipe. Just 4 ingredients that get whisked together and then drizzled over the bread.

  1. melted butter
  2. powdered sugar
  3. fresh lemon juice
  4. vanilla extract

lemon blueberry bread on white plate with lemons and blueberries around it

FAQS

  • Can this bread be frozen? Yes. Let the bread cool completely first. Then wrap in plastic wrap, followed by foil and then place in a freezer safe airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Can I use frozen blueberries? Yes. Frozen blueberries can be used in place of fresh blueberries in this recipe.
  • Can I use a different type of berry? I haven’t personally tried other berries in this recipe but many readers have successfully. Blackberries and strawberries seem to be the best options.
  • How should this bread be stored? Leftover lemon blueberry bread should be stored at room temperature or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
 

top down view of loaf of lemon blueberry bread on white plate

This Lemon Blueberry Bread is moist, fluffy, sweet and flavorful!  I know I’ll be making this recipe again and again!

I may have even gone a little overboard with blueberries, so the recipe below actually lists a slightly smaller quantity than I used  =)

More Lemon Treats to Try

  1. Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
  2. Raspberry Lemon Muffins
  3. Lemon Cream Puffs with Fresh Fruit
  4. Perfect Lemon Bread
  5. Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

How To Make Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This Lemon Blueberry Bread recipe produces a perfectly moist, flavorful and delicious loaf of quick bread! This bread is sure to be a new favorite!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 259 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries I used fresh
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  •  Preheat oven to 350*F and line a 9"x 5" loaf pan with parchment paper (or lightly grease with butter).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Mix until well combined.
  • While slowly mixing, add flour mixture and milk in two batches (some flour, then some milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk).  Stop mixing as soon as it's just combined.
  • Rinse off the blueberries (if using fresh) so they have just a bit of moisture on them, then, in a small bowl toss the blueberries and 1 T. flour.  This flour coating will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of your loaf while baking.
  • Add the flour coated berries to the batter and gently but quickly stir, by hand, to combine.
  • Immediately pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Cool bread in the pan for about 30 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack with a baking sheet below (to catch the glaze you're about to add).
  • Prepare glaze by simply whisking together the melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla, then pour glaze over the loaf.  Allow to set a few minutes, then enjoy!

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Notes

If baking the day before serving, wrap cooled loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature WITHOUT the glaze. Then, mix up and add the glaze the day of serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 298mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 264IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lemon blueberry bread
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Originally Published on: Mar 30, 2016

I’ve been blessed to get to know Joanne not just through her site, but in person too, and let me tell you she is as sweet as can be, and gorgeous inside and out!  I know she’ll be an amazing mom! Congratulations Joanne and Pete!

304 comments

  1. It is delicious! My go-to breakfast/brunch baking item every Saturday in quarantine. I was always a ‘mix’ baker (except cobblers), but this recipe inspired me to bake other things from scratch and now I’ve given away the mixes! Thank you!

  2. Great recipe, thank you!! Made for the first time today and it turned out fantastic. I came really close to over baking it, but that was my fault for using a dark loaf pan and not checking it earlier. Will for sure be making it again and again!!

  3. hii, your recipe looks great and i would love to try but i dont have an oven at home, is it possible to use steaming method instead?

  4. I’m curious can you use just a whisper and not an electric mixer. I want to make this for myh husband birthday but dont want to mess up.

  5. Do I have to use electric mixer or can I use hand mixer. Want to make this bread today for my hubby birthday.but I dont have electric mixer just a hand held one.

  6. My hubby had the idea to add some of our homemade blueberry rhubarb jam to the icing. DELICIOUS 

  7. Could I substitute the lemon for orange and blueberries for cranberries an make an orange cranberry bread instead?

  8. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this bread!! My family eats it right up every time I make it. No problems, very simple to make. Love it!!

  9. How much more lemon juice or lemon zest should I add to enhance the lemon flavor a bit more? Thanks!

  10. How many calories are there per serving? 

    • Please feel free to use google to find a calorie calculator and you’ll be able to enter the ingredients. Then you can adjust the calories per slice based on how many slices you cut from the loaf. Happy baking!

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