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Walnut-Swirl Lemon Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


3 loaves (12 slices each)

Here's a rich yeasty loaf, swirled with walnuts, that's a treat any time of year. Drizzled with a light lemony glaze, it also makes a lip-smacking yuletide gift.
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  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 2-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, oil, salt, lemon zest, eggs and 2 cups flour, beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff 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 let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in thirds. Roll each portion into a 13x12-in. rectangle. Combine condensed milk and lemon juice until blended; spread over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  4. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks; brush with butter. Cool completely.
  6. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth; stir in lemon juice. Drizzle over bread.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 189 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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