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Golden Lemon Bread Recipe

Golden Lemon Bread Recipe

This wonderful bread, made from my grandmother’s recipe, won Best of Show at the New Mexico State Fair. It’s so good! —Marjorie Rose, Albequerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack.
  • 3. Combine the glaze ingredients; immediately pour over warm bread. Cool completely before removing from pan. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 165 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 220763
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"I made two loaves of this bread today and it is very good! I added a tablespoon of lemon zest to the batter, along with a teaspoon of lemon extract. The bread looks beautiful, has a wonderful aroma, and a tender crumb. The lemon glaze is perfect! Thank you for sharing your Grandmother's recipe, Marjorie Rose, it is definitely a keeper!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 168603
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Yum... I was craving lemon bread and this came out gorgeous. Added 1 tsp lemon extract to the batter, used butter instead of shortening, and baked it for 50 minutes. If you use the proper sized loaf pan that is indicated in the recipe, then it shouldn't take longer than that!"

ktcentsable User ID: 7104611 155957
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"I agree this is considered ?lemon bread? only due to the flavors added to the icing. In the bread, I added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon peel to enhance the bread with the lemon flavors. The bread was a hit in our home. A very moist and refreshing bread. The original magazine does say 55-60 minutes and definitely will need that amount of time to fully bake the bread."

hollyespen User ID: 4962992 99222
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Was wonderful! recipe from magazine does say bake for 55-60mins. I did 60mins and bread was really brown on the outside. next time Ill watch it more closely. Love the lemon glaze..mabye Ill double that next time! YUM"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 166760
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"very good.. everyone liked it."

xicota User ID: 944314 171875
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice, and the second time I made some changes. I do not use shortening, so I substituted butter---it gives a better flavor. I also added one teaspoon of lemon extract to the batter. I lined the pan with parchment paper, which made it easier to remove the bread.

My family and I really liked the tangy lemon glaze, and the bread itself was moist and tender."

R1975 User ID: 1655346 209144
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"It is considered to be a lemon bread because of the lemon icing."

R1975 User ID: 1655346 171874
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"It is considered to be a lemon bread because of the lemon icing. "

tbegenes User ID: 3665657 80011
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"Very good!"

rchsjo User ID: 3129326 132046
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2009

"There is not any lemon in the actual bread? I dont get it."

mchenryed User ID: 2811734 99209
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2008

"This recipe is incredibly simple and I've made it at least 4 - 5 times. It's full of flavor too. It's a big hit at the office and it makes a very nice snack. Please note, I believe the original magazine recipe says to bake for 55 - 60 minutes, not 40 - 45."

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