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Lemon Bread Recipe

Lemon Bread Recipe

I often bake this sunshiny-sweet bread when company's due. It has a pound cake-like texture. —Kathy Scott, Lingle, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, lemon juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 3. Combine glaze ingredients. Remove bread from pan; immediately drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 171 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Tranna User ID: 8634882 244501
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"Excellent recipe! The lemon bread turned out to be so wonderful and difficult to stop eating. My husband, who generally doesn't eat many sweets, really enjoyed this and kept saying how good it is. In fact, he started out to just have a bite of my slice and 1 1/3 slice later he was done with his "bite"! I grated a little too much lemon peel, so I just threw it into the glaze. I definitely plan to make this again and try it with some of the reviewers variations!"

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tin76 User ID: 8704932 242113
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"I liked the recipe but am thinking of adding strawberries just to change it up next time"

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Zippinzeba User ID: 7168787 233420
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"There is not enough lemon taste. So I added King Arthur Flour's Lemon powder which gives give it a wonderful tangy lemon flavor to anything you bake."

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BathtubNinja User ID: 6359529 224671
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"I was hoping this would taste like lemon pound cake, but it just tastes like ..cake. Nothing special compared to any other lemon cake, even a doctored up box mix. The glaze is too sweet, if I was going to use it I'd cut the amount in half overall. My toddler tasted the outside of the cake with the glaze and wouldn't bother trying the rest it was too much."

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greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 222819
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"This was such an easy quick recipe. The flavor is light and tangy. I made this into gluten free muffins by using gluten free flour instead. These are great for a special treat. I will be making them again!"

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 222680
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I used this recipe to make muffins for my kids & latch-key kids to enjoy when they got home from school! They frequently requested it. Other than making muffins instead of bread & reducing the sugar to 3/4 cup, the only other change I made is not using the glaze because it got the kids' hands sticky. When I've made it for adults, I do use the glaze & it's delicious. It has wonderful, tangy lemon flavor!"

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lilythebaker User ID: 8189280 216305
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"This amazing recipe was delicious!!! The lemon flavor was present and the texture was spot-on! My only complaint is that the edges on my lemon bread burnt a little"

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azphyllis User ID: 7936198 198970
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"Love this recipe. I have also made it with oranges instead of lemon. Just as yummy."

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krazykrisy User ID: 4475315 4606
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"OMG!!!!This quickbread was just bursting with lemon flavor. I didn't change a thing nor would I. Bravo. In fact I'm going to use the glaze for some sugar cookies with sprinkles I think they will be delicious."

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redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 3074
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"The lemon taste was great. Not too stronge."

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MusicalBaker User ID: 7230932 3831
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"AMAZING!! My family enjoys lemon so we LOVE this recipe! Truly a quick bread, the longest part is grating the lemon peel!!:) Making these for Christmas gifts this year for my grandmother and great grandmother along with a hand-knitted dishcloth! I'm sure it will be a big hit!!"

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Debiana User ID: 1536180 2877
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"Wonderful recipe and easy!! I followed this exactly, but did add a bit of lemon zest to the glaze, and also put the glaze over it while it was still warm. Very good!!!"

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 1122
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"A post script: I drizzled the lemon glaze over the baked bread before allowing the bread to cool 10 minutes! When I added my eggs to creamed sugar & butter or shortening, I added the 3 Tbsp. milk-if using 2 eggs, you can decrease this amount to about 1 Tbsp. + 1-1/2 tsp. milk!

delowenstein"

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 5151
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"thank you for sharing this recipe, Kathy!

Actually, I have used this recipe recently-the first time, I'd used the single recipe; then I doubled it. I DID make adjustments to suit my tastes as I have a very similar recipe for lemon bread from 1975!
Here are my adaptations: 1/2 cup butter or
shortening to 1 cup(doubled)
1 cup sugar to 2 cups (doubled)
2 eggs to 4 eggs (doubled)
3 Tbsp. milk
Juice from one large lemon, strained
1/2 cup sugar for lemon glaze
Rind from 1 large lemon-used the grated lemon for the lemon glaze
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour to 3 cups(doubled)
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder to 1 Tbsp. (doubled)
1 tsp. salt if recipe is doubled; 1/2 tsp. in just using single ingredients
1/2 cup milk to 1 cup if recipe is doubled: NOTE: I soured my milk so that the bread would be more moist-I use 1 Tbsp. vinegar for 1 cup milk, 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar for 1/2 cup milk.
I added 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts to the grated lemon rind! I kept that mount the same! I used three 8-1/2x4-1/2" loaf pans, greased and floured, for the doubled recipe and for single recipe, I used at least two 7-1/2x3/1/2" greased and floured loaf pans! Time was kept the same! I combined the strained lemon juice with 1/2 cup sugar for the doubled recipe and about 1/4 cup sugar for single recipe. I cooled breads in pans 10 minutes, then turned out to cool on wire racks completely. I'd baked the lemon bread, doubling it for friends who are fans of this bread! I used to sell my lemon breads and they were among my best customers! This bread doesn't last long!"

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jywalke1 User ID: 4990144 2298
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"I love anything made with lemon, this lemon bread is a wonderful dish to make especially when you want something special."

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kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 5150
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"This was delightful. I used a 9x5 pan because I don't have 8x4. It took a little longer to cook. I just kept checking every five minutes after 40 were up. I used 1/2 tablespoon of lemon extract because I didn't have the lemon peel."

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quiltb User ID: 3557763 3056
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"Did not rise - not like a pound cake - very sweet - I thought I followed recipe carefully"

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howdy-hoe-there User ID: 6266286 2484
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Everyone asked for the recipe or asked me to make the lemon bread for them. I added 1/2 cup dried and soaked cranberries. Next time I make it I will try 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. Thanks for sharing!"

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cookiesheets User ID: 6943518 2874
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"I poked holes in top with toothpick before covering with glaze. It was yummy!"

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jayjizzle User ID: 6715071 1121
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"Used 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, 1 c. all purpose, zest of 2 lemons plus extra lemon juice. Greased and floured the loaf pan and cut to fit the bottom with parchment. Set oven at 340 for over an hour to get light brown crust. Poked holes for glaze to drain; next time will double the glaze. Mmmmmm good!!"

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kc7761 User ID: 1196092 3826
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"This tasted so yummy just like a pound cake. Very moist. My hubby and my Mom loved it too! Going to make it again for my family."

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CWOCN User ID: 4346648 5080
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"I unintentionally doubled the lemon juice - will do it again:) Wonderful texture and flavor."

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vwillisnctx User ID: 6369594 1120
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Loved the texture, but not so much the glaze. Will make again adding blueberries to the batter and leaving out the glaze."

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dcgray4321 User ID: 3653539 198969
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Nice flavor and easy to make - family loved it!!!!"

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susieqmcf User ID: 7143756 1517
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"Really fast and yummy. Stores well."

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DraTereCRISP User ID: 6429641 3825
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"I just made it and something was wrong, the loaves did not rise at all. Flavor good, what did it happen? I used fresh baking power. The butter and sugar mix was too dry, never get fluffy. Will try again"

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corvettekathyj User ID: 7216524 3654
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"This was wonderful. Decreased the egg to one. Added another tablespoon of lemon juice. Left out the lemon rind. Decreased the sugar to 3/4 c. Poked holes in top and let topping run in bread. Yummy!"

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Lorraine1958 User ID: 6390738 5075
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"This Lemon bread was very simple to make and came out beautifully golden, with a nice fresh citrus taste! I actually poked holes through the loaf with a long skewer and poured the glaze overtop so that it seeped into the loaf itself, instead of just sitting on the top. Delicious recipe!"

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clouda9 User ID: 6786643 1984
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Just made this keeper recipe...tasty and rapidly disappearing. I'm going to double the lemon peel the next time I make it and will definitely give the blueberry idea a go."

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dedarts User ID: 6546601 2285
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"the ladies at the salon loved it!"

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rumacpheegmail.com User ID: 4907798 5072
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"delisious"

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awesomecb1 User ID: 5470498 3653
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"This was a great recipe! Everyone loved it!"

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zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 3052
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"I have a Myer lemon tree in my yard and always looking for a lemon recipe..this one is a keeper! like the texture and flavor..will be making it as long as the lemons produce.."

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davinda User ID: 4455659 5071
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"I made this for an office breakfast and, of course, had to make one for the family. Everyone loved it! Next time I make it, I'm going to add strawberries and whipped topping for a dessert. It's a keeper!"

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EthanNDomsMom User ID: 6555366 2480
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"I hate to do this here but can't find a place to ask questions.

Can I use Splenda in place of the sugar or would that affect it badly - does it need to rise? If so, could I use half Splenda? Thank you! I can't wait to try this, have to get a lemon! ;-)
Jenn"

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deebeth71 User ID: 3712832 2478
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Line pans with parchment paper...add blueberries for extra flavor. Good baked in mini-muffin tins."

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KWeekley User ID: 6101491 3049
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"I'm not usually a huge fan of lemon flavor but this was so good and light tasting. I will be making it again."

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amaama11 User ID: 6729940 2477
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Excellent and very tasty recipe. Everyone I served it to asked for seconds."

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rggrosso User ID: 7185384 5070
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Great Lemon flavor, yet light texture."

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Ann of Maine User ID: 4931091 1118
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Have made this three times in the past month, only to get asked for the recipe each time. Just enough lemon flavor."

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DitzyFritz User ID: 5008315 5068
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"This was an easy and delicious recipe! Always love recipes from scratch. ; ) Karen from Thermopolis.."

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dhcraig User ID: 1058571 1908
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"This is one of my most favorite recipes! I serve with fresh fruit mixed with yogurt and strawberrry cream cheese spread for a wonderful light breakfast! This is truly addicting!"

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Buglady41 User ID: 1147583 4602
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"I wonder if you could add all thoe yummy lemon favors and pind to a box of pound cake mix? I dont usually do the "from scratch" cake mixes....las I guess."

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weatherman100 User ID: 7200314 2206
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"This recipe is great! The Glaze makes it even better! There is only one thing that I would change about this recipe: Instead of 2% milk we did regular milk. It does not need the extra fat. Also, if you wanted to make the bread more healthy, you could use whole grain flour instead of all-purpose flour. But I would recommend all-purpose flour. Also with the glaze, it is more appropriate to call this recipe Lemon cake instead of Lemon bread. But alltogether this recipe was fabulous! I will make it again!"

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raziya522 User ID: 6773569 3731
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"good without topping. reduce cooking time"

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raziya522 User ID: 6773569 3723
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"very easy, dough tastes good so far and may not need the topping"

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raziya522 User ID: 6773569 1515
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"very easy, dough tastes good so far and may not need the topping"

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anavrin User ID: 6100699 1390
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"It was ok. Very moist but should have just made a pound cake to start with."

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catpaw51 User ID: 4995616 5195
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"Light, lemony and very tasty!!! I changed 2 things: used whole milk (why skimp here when using real butter?) and added a touch more fresh lemon juice. had to cook it a bit longer as I used convection baking at 325 degrees. Even my very picky husband enjoyed this wonderful bread!"

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zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 1117
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"I have a Myer lemon tree and am always looking for recipes with lemon in it - made this and was a great hit in our house/ will be making it often."

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sandpiper46 User ID: 7087586 2198
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"This lemon bread is delicious. I love the pound cake texture. The only problem was I don't have loaf pans. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a bundt pan that was sprayed with PAM. Half of the cake broke when it was removed from the pan. Next time, I will have the correct pans or butter and flour the bundt pan."

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TheDix User ID: 607421 1389
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"I doubled the recipe, separating the eggs. Whipped the egg whites and added them alternately with the milk and flour. Very light, moist and delicious. YUM!"

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kath518 User ID: 1891991 4962
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"I had some extra lemons to use and found this recipe. I added some poppy seeds to the batter and it was delicious!"

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tansie User ID: 956431 3927
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"Very tasty and moist. I did add 1\2 tsp. lemon extract."

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cinnabun06 User ID: 6709662 1388
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"My five year old loved making this with me. and we used organic whole wheat all purpose flour and it was still amazing."

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gingerriss User ID: 4959883 4045
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"I didnt think it tasted that great. Mine didnt turn out mosit"

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JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 3652
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"I made this with a juicy Meyer Lemon grown by a friend. It was delicious and everyone raved over it. Since the Meyer Lemons are not as strong, if you like the real lemony tast, add a bit of lemon extract to the batter. Will definitely make it again. Used parchment paper and it came right out of the pan."

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thelodjics User ID: 5713329 2873
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"I just took twoloaves out of the oven and both stuck to the pans so bad I lost half of each loaf because it broke off and stayed in the pan"

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bmoviefanatic User ID: 5083583 5193
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"From a family of picky eaters this went quick. Increased the lemon but otherwise followed recipe and turned out great"

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patde User ID: 6166067 1386
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Great recipe I have made it twice thank you!"

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sweetstar4 User ID: 2531708 4870
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I used Meyer Lemons and the whole family really liked it."

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misscleocat User ID: 257578 1906
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Absolutely delicious! I lined the bottom of my loaf pan with parchment and didn't have any trouble getting it out of the pan. I had to bake it longer than the recipe called for but the results were well worth the extra baking time."

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erospert User ID: 1047861 3722
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"After years of looking, I finally found the perfect Lemon bread recipe. I love the versatility of this bread. I have added frozen blueberries or raspberries, and even poppy seeds with excellent results. This recipe is a definite keeper. One of my most requested quick breads."

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nan101nan User ID: 2518689 3717
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"This bread is so delicious, & it was a hit with all my friends."

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Meg0422 User ID: 3920975 2474
Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"WOW! I love this recipe and have made it every week since I saw it on Taste of Home. I shared it with the Executive Chef at a private country club in the hopes he could use it for a "cupcake of the week" dessert. The only problem I'm having is that the bottom sticks to the pan, so next time I'm going to trying adding a little flour after I grease it."

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lisanick User ID: 433250 1115
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"This bread is also delicious with some fresh blueberries thrown in. I have also substituted the lemon for fresh orange juice and orange peel and threw in some fresh cranberries."

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northwoods989 User ID: 5095753 3925
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"This bread is excellent. I did not have any lemon peel, so I substituted lemon extract. My husband is not a lemon lover, but he enjoys this bread. M.S. Rogers City, Mi"

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lililu User ID: 4441146 4737
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"I loved this lemon bread it was very creamy and very tasty. The tart glaze added intensity to the all around flavor. It almost reminded me of a cream cake and not a bread."

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Barb Cheney User ID: 1466284 2465
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Made it for Mother's Day. They loved it. I will be making it again."

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Lori Ellen User ID: 4878732 198968
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"Wow is this ever good! A good dose of fresh lemon flavor and I love the pound cake texture. Easy to make. My family was very happy I tried this. I will make as part of my daughter's graduation party buffet. Yum!"

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messigm User ID: 305975 1091
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"My husband loved it. Would not change a thing, it was delicious."

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trudysalo User ID: 659036 1774
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I would make this again, but I would add an additional tablespoon of lemon juice - it just wasn't "lemony" enough with two."

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zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 4042
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I have a lemon tree in my side yard and always looking for ways to use them! this recipe is so good! did add 1/2 more lemon juice - take it to pot luck dinners (usually take 4 of them as it goes fast! Will go in my "favorites" - thanks for sharing"

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juldik User ID: 4505185 4705
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I have been making this lemon bread since 1972. We love it. Now I have my own lemon trees and I make lots of bread, freeze it and give it to neighbors."

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airmanjonsgirl User ID: 2728803 3650
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Didn't modify a thing and it was perfect! It isn't too much lemon, not too sweet. Very tasty. Quick and easy to make too."

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dianehut User ID: 2852463 4672
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"This recipe is great, although I altered it just a little. It got rave reviews from the men I served it to warm from the oven. I added an extra tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup craisins. It was delicious."

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