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Key Lime Bread

I first tried this deliciously different bread at a friend's house, and she graciously shared the recipe with me. It's so easy to make and it tastes absolutely yummy! —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in lime zest, 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.
  • Transfer to 2 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.
  • Combine confectioners' sugar and enough lime juice to reach desired consistency; drizzle over warm bread. Cool completely.
  • Freeze option: Do not make glaze. Securely wrap cooled loaves in foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature. Prepare glaze as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 173 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • eileen
    May 13, 2020

    On my days off I look for breads to bake and freeze so I dont buy a lot of bad snacks, Im glad to find this recipe and will be baking this soon, it is a favorite flavor of mine, this looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. By the comments I have read I know this will turn out so good.

  • Janet
    Feb 24, 2020

    I’ve made plenty of sweet loaf breads and I made this one today. It sunk in the middle of both loaves. Can anyone tell me why. I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks

  • Heavens_IL
    Mar 2, 2019

    I made this today, as written. It's cooling now and looks just like the picture. I've eaten it before but never made it. I only had Persian limes and found it took about 5 to make the breads and the glaze. I had to let it cool a little longer, maybe because I used glass pans. Great recipe!

  • xxcskier
    Mar 18, 2018

    We really enjoyed this bread, so easy to make and full of flavor. Like another reviewer I added 1 cup of sour cream and also added lime zest into the icing! I will be making this often as it’s now a family favorite!

  • flowernerenergize
    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
    Dec 13, 2015

    Excellent. Love this recipe.

  • GranBTX
    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
    Dec 23, 2014

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

  • pennecandi
    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
    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.