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The Best Quick Glazed Lemon Bread

Best Quick Glazed Lemon Bread on yellow and green plate with fork, loaf on rectangle plate with lemon halves

Glazed lemon bread is a simple quick bread.  Delicious sweet and tangy loaded with lemon flavor, moist and fluffy, assembles in mixes in 10 minutes.  So yummy for an afternoon snack or for breakfast with your coffee. With spring in the air, yellow sun shining, the flavor of lemon, and a quick bread recipe will brighten every day.  

lemon bread baked with white lemon glaze on white serving plate 2 lemons in the background

If you are looking for a quick bread for a coffee break with friends or just a moist quick bread for the kids after school, you can make the batter in just a few minutes. Pop it into the oven and in 50 to 60 minutes you will have a fantastic treat for the whole family. 

slice of glazed lemon bread on yellow and green flowered trim plate with the whole loaf on a white plate in the background with 2 lemons on table

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Bread

If you love a slice of glazed lemon bread at Starbucks but you do not like the price, you will love how little it takes to make the same delicious lemon bread at home. You probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen. Just make sure you get fresh lemons as it makes all the difference. (you can use lemon juice in the bottle if you are in a pinch)

Lemon bread is a favorite of Starbucks fans, yet so expensive at the coffee shop. Here is a recipe that tastes just like an authentic slice of lemon bread made with fresh squeezed lemons and just enough sweetness to make it the best you will ever taste.

When I want a sweet and tart treat, nothing beats a slice of glazed lemon bread. It just hits the spot. And it is one of my favorite things to take along when we are going on a road trip because it travels well. What I love most about it is how little it takes to make the same delicious lemon bread at home.

baked lemon bread in clear baking glass dish on white table.

After I made this most delicious loaf, I served it for breakfast the next morning with a cup of coffee and a dollop of Reddi Whip on the side. My husband took one bite and said: “This is really good!” I guess it passed the husband test. Lemon bread is also perfect for an afternoon tea or when you have family over for a holiday meal. 

How to make Lemon Bread Extra Special

  • The key to making this lemon bread extra special and having an explosion of flavor in your mouth is using fresh lemon. Fresh lemon in the batter and in the simple glaze.
  • Keep a little of the glaze in a container to serve on each slice for extra deliciousness.
  • To keep the bread fresh, the loaf is best covered in plastic wrap.
  • It is ok to put in the fridge, but it tastes best if left out covered in plastic wrap, and eaten in 3 days.
  • You can freeze the loaf for up to 2 months.
close up of baked lemon bread with white lemon glaze drizzling on top.

Lemon Bread Glaze

The lemon bread is fabulous all by itself, but the glaze adds that extra lemon sweetness and tanginess. There are a lot of different glazes or frostings you can use when making lemon bread. However, just a simple fresh lemon juice whisked with powdered sugar is the best. Make sure to glaze about 10 minutes after the bread comes out of the oven. If the bread is too hot, the glaze will disappear and if too cold, the glaze will not soak in.

close up of lemon bread load with one slice cut with the white glaze on the white serving plate on a white wood table.
one slice of lemon bread on yellow and green flowered trim plate with a bite out on a fork.
package shaped lemon bread baked on a green cookie sheet with 4 yellow lemons in a green colander.

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Quick Bread for Holidays like Christmas or Birthdays

A simple lemon quick bread is perfect for a spring dessert, but what about a holiday?

Easter brunch, Mothers’ Day breakfast, or lunch are special days when a simple lemon bread makes a great presentation. The fresh citrus smell and flavor complement any main dish or another dessert. 

How about a Birthday or Christmas? Sometimes when you have the ultra-sweet birthday cake or family traditional Christmas yule log, you may want to add a simpler but just as an eye-stopping quick bread. At Christmas when many of us are in snow and ice, the pungent delicious lemon flavor is a perfect compliment.  

package shaped baking pan with batter in pan on a green cookie sheet with 4 yellow lemons in a green colander.

I found this beautiful present cake pan on clearance and had to grab it up. Look at how beautiful the quick glazed lemon bread looks all dressed up for a Christmas Breakfast. Delicious glazed or frosted. 

How to Bake Quick Glazed Lemon Bread

  1. Heat the oven to 325°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan (I have always used glass)
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and the lemon rind.
  4. In a larger bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking powder, then add the milk and lemon juice.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Put the batter in the greased and floured loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 325° for  50 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness after 45 minutes with a toothpick to see, if it comes out clean. Keep an eye on the bread as you do not want to overcook.
  8. To make the glaze mix the powdered sugar and the juice of one lemon. Start with the lemon juice in the bowl and add the powdered sugar until it is the consistency you like. You may need to add more powdered sugar or use less depending on how much juice you get from your lemon.
  9. While the bread is still warm, about 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven, drizzle the glaze over the bread.

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Best Quick Glazed Lemon Bread on yellow and green plate with fork, loaf on rectangle plate with lemon halves

The Best Quick Glazed Lemon Bread

Glazed lemon bread is a simple quick bread.  Delicious sweet and tangy loaded with lemon flavor, moist and fluffy, assembles in mixes in 10 minutes.  So yummy for an afternoon snack or for breakfast with your coffee. A quick bread packed full of lemon flavor will brighten every day.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted room temperature Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh grated Lemon Rind
  • 1 1/2 cup of Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • The juice of 1 Lemon

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
  • The juice of 1 Lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 325°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 inch loaf pan (I have always used glass)
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs and the lemon rind.
  4. In a larger bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder, then add the  milk, and lemon juice.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Put the batter in the greased and floured loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 325° for  50 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness after 45 minutes with a toothpick to see, if it comes out clean. Keep an eye on the bread as you do not want to overcook.
  8. To make the glaze mix the powdered sugar and the juice of one lemon. Start with the lemon juice in the bowl and add the powdered sugar until it is the consistency you like. You may need to add more powdered sugar or use less depending on how much juice you get from your lemon.
  9. While the bread is still warm, about 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven, drizzle the glaze over the bread.
  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: Quick glazed lemon bread

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