Glazed Lemon Bread

This Glazed Lemon Bread is quick, tasty and perfect for
Saturday morning breakfasts at home!

This Glazed Lemon Bread is quick, tasty and perfect for  Saturday morning breakfasts at home!I’ve been craving lemons lately like a 17th century pirate.  Maybe my body is trying to fight off scurvy…or maybe I’m just happy that warmer weather has finally returned.  (I’m going to go with the latter reason here.)  I’ve been buying lemons pretty much every week at the store.  I need our lemon tree bush to hurry up and start growing some new baby lemons!  Those lemons have turned into lemon curd, lemon cookies and even grape leaves.  Not surprisingly, I was in the mood for lemon again the other day…so I decided to whip up a fun little breakfast treat.  (Although to be fair, who says you can’t eat a slice of lemon cake or a lemon cookie for breakfast??)

This Glazed Lemon Bread is quick, tasty and perfect for  Saturday morning breakfasts at home!I’m a huge fan of tasty quick breads.  Quick breads are just that…quick.  There’s no yeast involved and you can pretty much have the bread in the oven in about 10 minutes.  I don’t mind playing around in the kitchen making a fun yeasted bread or a multi-stage cake, but c’mon…you gotta love a recipe that calls for almost no prep time!  What?  You want a slice of Glazed Lemon Bread?  Give me an hour and I’ll have a warm slice ready for you!

This Glazed Lemon Bread is quick, tasty and perfect for  Saturday morning breakfasts at home!Ever since the snow and ice started to melt in mid-March, we’ve been out and about doing something almost every weekend.  While I love taking trips or having company come to visit, do you ever just want to schedule a weekend with nothing to do?  I seriously want to write on the calendar, “Do not schedule anything.  We’re staying home and watching movies all weekend.”  (Hmmm…does scheduling time to relax qualify as ironic?)  In reality, this just doesn’t happen…probably because there’s always some new adventure that sounds like it would be fun.  I know it might be Monday, but I’m already looking forward to next weekend.  We’ve got nothing planned…and that’s how I like it!  It’s just us and the dogs.  Oh, and a cup of coffee and a piece of this Glazed Lemon Bread.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect weekend morning?

This Glazed Lemon Bread is quick, tasty and perfect for  Saturday morning breakfasts at home!

Glazed Lemon Bread


    For the Bread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


    For the Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan; set aside.
  3. Using a countertop mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  4. Add eggs; blend until well combined.
  5. In a separate small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir until well combined.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixer bowl; blend until well combined.
  7. Add half of the milk to the mixer bowl; blend until well combined.
  8. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
  9. Add lemon zest and lemon juice to the bowl; blend until well combined.
  10. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  11. Bake at 350°F for 53-57 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean. Set bread aside to cool.
  12. For the Glaze
  13. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together until smooth.
  14. Drizzle Glaze over cooled bread before slicing and serving.


  1. I usually just stick with eggs for breakfast, but I would happily eat this for breakfast every morning. Perfect with a big mug of coffee.

    • We usually just go with yogurt in the mornings here, Dannii…but weekends are a whole different story! Weekends are perfect for lemon bread and 2 big mugs of coffee! :-)

  2. Phronsie says:

    Lemon is my favorite ~ can not wait to make this!

  3. I’ve been on a big time lemon kick too – if I left now and hopped on a plane, am thinking I could be there in 2 hours – that would be PLENTY of time for you to make an extra one of these for me to bring home with me -right? :)
    You don’t know how many times Lil Shashi and I try to schedule time to relax – but something always comes up! This last weekend, the craving for lemon pancakes is what had us up and out hunting for lemons instead of relaxing – now if only I had had this quick bread…the texture of this reminds me of those slices Starbucks sells…

    • Dude! 2 hours? I could make 2 loaves of lemon bread for you. That means you could take one back to Lil Shashi! (Truthfully, I could probably make way more than 2 since it doesn’t take an hour to make each one…maybe 6? Haha!)

      I know, right? There is always something that needs to happen…no matter how much you are determined to just stay home and do nothing on the weekend! It’s ok, though…sometimes those weekend adventures turn into fun along the way!

  4. Warmer weather definitely = lemons for me!! and I’m all about lemon everything when it comes to baked goods! I’ll take 3 slices of this glazed lemon bread! Delicious!!!

    • I’ll save you 3 slices then, Alice! :-) I agree…lemon + warm weather = perfection. (Especially if you throw a cup of coffee in there…or sweet tea if it’s in the afternoon!)

  5. This lemon cake is gorgeous! It looks so fluffy and light! 😀

  6. I think having a lemon tree would be one of life’s greatest investments- My mum would lament that growing up because we went through them like crazy- But we had a kind neighbour who had one and would gift us regularly! This bread…you won me at no yeast! oh and that glaze……

    • Oh no…are you one of those yeast-haters, Arman?? Yeast is not scary people! I seriously want to do a post comparing yeast to all of the scariest monsters out there…and show why it wins every time. :-) But, yes, we grabbed that mini-lemon tree on clearance for like $5 last summer. It produced 3 lemons and now it has a bunch of flowers on it…I’ll take that!

  7. Dorothy Dunton says:

    Hi David! I love quick breads involving fruit, be it lemon, apples, bananas or strawberries!

    • Me, too, Dorothy! You know me…I have no problem spending time in the kitchen creating some crazy fun recipe. But sometimes there’s something to be said for just a nice and easy quick bread reciope, too…especially one that involves fresh fruit! I like the apple idea. Maybe an Apple Cinnamon one for the fall will be in order!!

  8. Not scurvy! LOL! I should be good to go with no deficiencies because I eat so many lemony things this time of year because it’s my favorite Spring/Summer flavor! It’s kinda like my love for cinnamon.

    I’m going to make this bread because like you I love a good quick bread.

    And I agree with the whole scheduling nothing to do. In our fast paced world, it’s a must!

    • You and me both, Tamara! I don’t think cinnamon and lemon would go too well together…but they are totally two of my favorites! I totally thought of you when I posted this, too…mainly because it didn’t involve yeast. I’m going to get you loving yeasted breads one of these days! It’s coming. Get ready!

  9. I’ve been craving lemons like a mad man lately, I don’t know why, it’s just like that. So this bread would be perfect, just perfect!

    • Let’s buy shares in a lemon farm, Mike! You could water the trees and scare off the birds and foxes (I heard foxes like lemons), and then I could collect all the lemons. Sound like a plan?

  10. Lemon curd, cookies and now bread…David, you’ve made pretty much a lot of lemony stuff. You’ve got to make now lemon marshmallows. And maybe donuts. And don’t forget about lemonade (just cause it’s getting sweltering outside):) This bread looks sooooo…sooo-oooo…(well still not enough emphasis)…SO good that the name “bread” is too simple to use. Ironically, how simple things could look as a luxurious meal, eh? It is so luscious, and I almost feel how succulent the lemons you used were. Very refreshing! P.S. Probably, a few lavender seeds on the top would make this bread even better – I don’t know why but I just see them begging: “Add us!!!” :)

    • Haha…you’ve been paying attention I see, Ben! And funny that you mention lemonade. I have that on the agenda for sometime this week…with a fun twist. :-) But donuts? Yes, I’m loving the idea of lemon donuts! I don’t think I’ve ever seen those in the store…so clearly we just need to make our own, right? And it has indeed been sweltering outside lately. What is up with this weather?? This reminds me of living down south…except I’m in upstate New York! It looks like it’s going to break here in another day or two…and I’m ready. I need a spring, darn it! P.P.S. Good call on the lavender! I’ve got some in my pantry right now, and I’ll have to pull them out next time I make this bread…which will probably be really soon!

      • In a meanwhile, we’ve got our temperature drastically dropped – it was over 30 just a few days ago and now something like 15 (fortunately above zero:), and such a wind! And it happened when I was planning to start my lemonade season! I’m implying, David – don’t make lemonade! That could be dangerous;) By the way, I’ve got another idea (believe me or not, today, instead of working, thought about this bread few times) – that could be some rosemary or thyme (like lemony thyme) as well.

        • Lemony thyme bread! That would also be delicious. You need to stop coming up with all of these ideas or I will never get out of the kitchen. Haha! Also, the temperature dropped suddenly here in upstate NY, too. I’ll take it, though…it was getting WAY too hot for May. I did yardwork last weekend, and I thought I was going to fall over. I’m still making lemonade…weather permitting or not!

          • That’s sad, David cause having left the previous comment I figured out I didn’t give any donut ideas. And you are asking to stop. Okay, I’m saying anyways:) What about lemon mascarpone donuts (lavender or thyme can be incorporated as well)? Or lemonade glaze donuts since you’re insisting on making lemonade. Or perhaps lemon meringue on the top instead of the glaze? Or something simple, like poppy seeds lemon donuts with lemon curd glaze? Sorry about that. I am not making donuts for the time being – at least I have to make someone bake them. Right? :)

        • Haha! You need to stop, Ben…all of these ideas are making me want to go bake donuts all day! In fact, why don’t you just open up a donut shop? I’ll be your first customer!

  11. wow, this bread looks gorgeous David! I would love to have a big slice with coffee! Love lemon desserts!

    • I love lemon desserts, too, Manali…especially this time of the year when the weather starts to get warmer! And now I might just have to go get another cup of coffee because you mentioned it…too bad I already demolished all of this lemon bread though. Haha!

  12. WOW, this looks amazing!! Lemon Bread is probably my favourite this EVER! Im going to have to try this recipe, it looks super moist and yummy.

    • Thank you so much, Emma! I absolutely love lemon desserts, and I love quick breads…especially when they come with a cup of coffee on Saturday morning. :-) Thank you so much for commenting, too!

  13. I’ve just been drooling over lemon recipes all week! Thanks for adding to the fanaticism because this quick bread looks really amazing. Also, I had one of those mandatory-do-nothing weekends a few weeks ago, and it was seriously the best thing ever. I think it took pretty much the whole 48 hours to get used to the feeling, unfortunately, but at least I really savored that Sunday night! Hope you get yours soon!

    • Haha…nothing like warmer weather to bring out the lemon desserts, right? :-) I am totally going to have one of these mandatory staycation weekends soon. I thought it might last weekend, but then I ended up shoveling mulch in the backyard for 10 hours. Oops.

  14. I literally spit out my Quad espresso on that first line. TOO FUNNY!

    I actually have a lemon tree that has finally started to produce after 3 years. Crazy, 2 years ago it had one – one lemon. Sad Charlie Brown tree. I fed it and gav eit love. It was the soil and after helping it a bit last year we got about 6 and this year wow, it’s still producing. Although I like to use my neighbors that hang over my fence. The smell of fresh garden grown lemons is so different than store bought. Don’t know what it is? Maybe unaided with chemicals? It’s just so fresh and this bread looks like that, too. It almost looks like a pound cake – dense and soft. Nice job! #WolfpackBakeries

    • Geez! You and your lemon tree, Kevin. Are you just trying to make me jealous? Because it’s totally working! We do have our little lemon bush, though…so I’ll take it. It just started flowering again! Oh, and we have a couple other trees in our backyard: apple, cherry, nectarine. Hopefully we’ll actually see fruit from them for the first time this year! :-)

  15. You can grow lemons in upstate NY? Wow! I had no idea. I hear you about scheduling time to do nothing. It is a rare occasion that we get a whole weekend to do nothing. I need to make some of this lemon bread and block my calendar!

    • Yeah, tell me about it, Rachelle! To be fair, it’s a little dwarf lemon bush…but the darned thing produced several lemons last year. We brought it in for the winter and now it just started flowering again. :-) Here’s to blocking off your calendar and doing nothing for the whole weekend! (Except eating lemon bread of course. Duh.)

  16. I hope your weekend plans of nothing still stands! I love those weekends too as I can stay in and relax and bake leisurely. This lemon bread is just bursting with goodness!! I’ve been on lemon crack as well…must be scurvy indeed!

    • Well, we did manage to fill some stuff in this weekend…but it’s fun stuff, so I’ll take it. :-) I’m not sure there will be much leisurely baking, but there will be planting our garden which is always a fun time. And there will certainly be lemons involved somehow! Darn pirates and their scurvy…

  17. Kevin Papineau says:

    I have made this glazed lemon loaf. The only thing I added was a tablespoon of poppy seeds. Lemon-Poppy seed is a wonderful combination

    • What a great twist on this recipe, Kevin! Poppyseeds + lemon are indeed a great combo. I’ll have to totally keep that in mind next time I make this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!


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