4.59 from 90 votes

Lemon Bread

Lemon Bread is moist and sweet with a delicious tangy lemon flavor. This easy recipe is a must-try! 

Lemon bread with slices cut on the end.

I remember coming home from school to a freshly baked loaf of my mom’s lemon bread. My favourite part was the sugary glaze. Soooo good. 

Now that I’m an adult, I like to bake mom’s Lemon Bread for my family. The tradition continues and everyone in my home loves it, too.

I usually always have lemons on hand because I use them to make my own salad dressing. I’ve been stuck at home and decided I’d bake a loaf of Lemon Bread for everyone to enjoy. Besides the lemon, it’s all pantry ingredients + milk and eggs.

Lemon loaf on a parchment paper.


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    The bread itself is not overpowering. The lemon flavour is subtle and sweet without any sour taste. You can slather it with butter if you want or eat it plain. I like my plain.

    My favourite way to enjoy it is when it’s still warm from the oven. It’s scrumptious!

    Lemon Bread Ingredients

    For this recipe, you’ll need to round up the following ingredients.

    • Shortening
    • Sugar
    • Eggs
    • Lemon (you’ll use the rind for the bread and the juice for the glaze)
    • Milk
    • All-purpose flour
    • Baking powder
    • Salt

    For the glaze, you’ll need the following ingredients.

    • Sugar
    • Lemon juice
    Ingredients to make lemon bread.

    How to Make Lemon Bread

    • Step One: Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
    • Step Two: In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon rind.
    Steps to make lemon bread.
    • Step Three: In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with milk to the creamed shortening mixture.
    Steps to make lemon bread.
    • Step Four: Spread mixture evenly into loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
    • Step Five: Remove from oven. While still hot, sprinkle sugar over loaf. Then drizzle lemon juice over top. Let cool before slicing.
    Steps to make lemon bread.
    Lemon bread with pieces cut off on the end.

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    Lemon bread with slices cut off the end.

    Can Lemon Bread Be Frozen

    Yes, you can freeze lemon bread! If you feel like spending a few hours baking, why not make a few extra loaves of this recipe? 

    To freeze, wrap the Lemon Bread in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil and freeze up to 4 to 6 months. 

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    These are dessert bread recipes and you don’t need any yeast to make them. And they are super easy because that’s how I roll.

    Two slices of lemon bread on a plate.

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    4.59 from 90 votes

    Lemon Bread

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 8
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Moist and sweet with a delicious tangy lemon flavor. This easy recipe is a must-try!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 6 tbsp shortening
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • grated lemon rind from one lemon
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt

    Glaze

    • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
    • juice of one lemon

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon rind.
    • In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with milk to the creamed shortening mixture.
    • Spread mixture evenly into loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
    • Remove from oven. While still hot, sprinkle sugar over loaf. Then drizzle lemon juice over top. Let cool before slicing.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Lemon Bread

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    36 Comments

    1. Can you use lard instead of shortening

        1. can i substitute butter for the shortening?

    2. Linda Monti says:

      What can be substituted fir shortening or lard???
      Want to make this but don’t have either

    3. Phil Pendergraft says:

      This bread looks delicious……what shortening did you use please?

    4. Kristin Clement says:

      It doesn’t say how much lemon gird you need is it whole lemon we use doesn’t have how much to measure

    5. This is almost like my mum’s “secret recipe”.I can’t wait to try..

    6. If replacing butter for shortening. Should it be salted or unsalted butter?

    7. Kathy Rehr says:

      What would be the approximate measurement of the lemon juice. We have small and very large lemons. Thanks

    8. Michel L Watson says:

      The inside of mine sunk 🙁

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