Lemon Easter Bread Recipe
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Lemon Easter Bread Recipe

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This yeast bread is an Easter tradition at my house, but I also bake it other times of the year. While the bread is in the oven, the aroma is fantastic!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 214 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, pudding mix, eggs and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Lemon Easter Bread in Country Extra March 2005 , p51

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pickbet5239 User ID: 4426990 67373
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"I made the dough in my bread machine and baked it at 350 degrees. The texture was great and it looks beautiful. It made one large loaf and two a little bit smaller in disposable loaf pans. I think it needs a bit more lemon flavor and certainly some salt. I'll make it again adding some of each. I added about 1 cup of golden raisins and maybe next time I'll try dried cranberries or cherries. I plan to try this with coconut pudding mix, and maybe cheesecake or butterscotch. There are lots of options."

Judeee54 User ID: 7740280 132750
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Love this ,,, I add some lemon rind and orange rind to the mixture also.. And use the juice and rind from both for frosting. It is sooo delish. Gone in my house in no time"

creamofthecook User ID: 5945026 67392
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"I made this bread in my bread machine. It is super tasty with Honey Butter"

rosiedo User ID: 2994182 64625
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"any chance this can be made in a 2# bread machine?"

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