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Key Lime Bread Recipe

Key Lime Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional 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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flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 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 User ID: 5884353 239338
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Excellent. Love this recipe."

GranBTX User ID: 5715431 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 User ID: 8178794 215699
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

pennecandi User ID: 5090578 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 User ID: 2005041 89087
Reviewed May. 31, 2014 Edited Jul. 6, 2017

"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 User ID: 7212529 157084
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

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

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 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 User ID: 7606989 80023
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

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

CherylKristant User ID: 3058198 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."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 110507
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Definitely a nice change from Banana or Pumpkin bread. I would make this again and add even a little more zest/lime juice to the batter."

anna1752 User ID: 4425682 159164
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"I didn't make this yet but have a question. Will it still be good if I make it the day before it's going to be eaten? Thanks."

success99 User ID: 991558 88768
Reviewed May. 21, 2011 Edited Nov. 9, 2015

"This is one of the most delicious and flavorful quick breads that I have ever tasted, and everyone who I have ever made this bread for just raves about it. It has just the right amount of sweetness and tartness, and it is a snap to make. However, I would recommend doubling the ingredients for the glaze, because IMHO there just isn't enough glaze otherwise to adequately glaze 2 loaves of this delicious and scrumptious bread."

1showgirl User ID: 5422245 157081
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"i cut the recipe in half cuz i only have 1 loaf pan. still kept the lime juice at 2 tablespoons tho. i used regular limes as key limes are not "sour" enough for my tastebuds. i had to taste it before it was cool because it smelled soooo good. great recipe. oh and i left out the walnuts."

jewx30 User ID: 5224665 110506
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"My husband liked it just fine, however, I thought it was dry."

shipu2002 User ID: 1738455 207977
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"I used pecans instead of walnuts. This bread was so delicious, sent a loaf with my husband to work and kept the other for at home. Found the Key Lime juice for 2.99 at Giant. Will be making again soon, probably this week!"

pdjones User ID: 995012 163889
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This was HEAVENLY!!! So moist!!! I did 3 Tbl of both lime peel and juice.

This ranks right up there as one of my favorite recipes. Can't wait to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, too."

splitz User ID: 1030952 163887
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2008

"I've made this several times. It's easy and delicious! I usually put extra lime peel and lime juice in with no problems!"

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