Key Lime Bread Recipe
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Key Lime Bread Recipe

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“I first tried this deliciously different bread at a friend's house, and she graciously shared the recipe with me,” says Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas. “It's so easy to make and it tastes absolutely yummy!”
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Key lime juice

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 173 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in lime peel, juice and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Fold in walnuts.
  2. Transfer to two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough lime juice to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely.
  4. Freeze option: Do not make glaze. Securely wrap cooled loaves in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature. Prepare glaze as directed. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Key Lime Bread in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p64

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flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 252706
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"This bread is so amazingly like pound cake. I even forgot the walnuts and the husband didn't notice! I plan to make the frosting tonight but one loaf is already gone...Awesome recipe; highly recommended."

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 239338
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Excellent. Love this recipe."

GranBTX User ID: 5715431 225955
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"I've tried this recipe several times ... The flavor was def there but lacked moisture in the bread ... I added 1 cup sour cream to the batter and stirred in the lime zest last .... For the frosting, I used: 1 (8oz) cream cheese, 1-1/4 c conf sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, about 3 Tblsp lime juice (adding 1 Tblsp at a time, taste, add more to achieve the sweet/tart balance) and about 1 Tblsp lime zest ........... Spread frosting liberally over the top of each loaf .............. AWESOME!"

regenavar User ID: 8178794 215699
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Delicious! Our 7 year old grandson loves this .....and helping me make it"

pennecandi User ID: 5090578 91276
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"This bread was delicious! I am a lover of lime and coconut so I substituted 3/4 cup flaked, sweetened coconut for the nuts. I also used the juice of 3 key limes in the cake and glaze as well as the zest of 2 key limes for each. It adds quite a kick just the way I like it!"

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 89087
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"Have this in the oven now and I added about 3/4 cup of diced fresh strawberries that needed to be used.  Smells wonderful, and as others suggested, I doubled the juice/zest amounts. Also thought about adding diced fresh peaches another time.  Skipped the nuts as I didn't want to take time to toast and cool them as I ALWAYS toast nuts to go in a recipe.  Had I thought about it in time, I would have added a drop or two of green food coloring.

WHOA !  Just came out of the oven....what a KEEPER this is.......YUMMO !!!  Excellent flavor and texture.Just HAD to sample it while it was still warm....didn't even bother with the glaze.

kellerfamily User ID: 7212529 157084
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"Great.....Just the way the recipe reads."

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 88990
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"I used Meyer lemons from a friend's tree , increasing the zest and juice a bit. Also halved the recipe to make one loaf. easy and delicious. One of my "keepers.""

littlegamma User ID: 7606989 80023
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Great! For a change up use lemon or orange. Al ways a winner here."

CherylKristant User ID: 3058198 158594
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"You can only eat so much banana bread! - This is a delightful loaf with a little tartness. Icing is fab. Make this several times a year."

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