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!”
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 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 239338
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Excellent. Love this recipe."

GranBTX 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 215699
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

pennecandi 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 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 157084
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

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

JerseyGal262 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 80023
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

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

CherylKristant 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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