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Blueberry Lemon Bread

July 17, 2020 (Last Updated: August 3, 2020)

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Fresh blueberries paired with lemon is a perfect combination in this blueberry lemon bread. This quick bread is perfect for breakfast or a midday snack or even served as a dessert and can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries.

Sliced bread with blueberries on a small white plate.

Quick breads are very similar to muffins. They can be mixed together in just 10 minutes and then baked. Breads do take much longer to bake than muffins, but once cooled the bread can be sliced up and served. Quick breads are also perfect for giving as a gift.

A fresh loaf of blueberry lemon bread cooling on a baking rack.

Blueberries and lemon are a classic pairing. They just go perfectly together. I also have a recipe for blueberry lemon popsicles and I have blueberry lemon bars!

Steps to make bread

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  1. Combine melted butter and sugar together in a bowl
  2. Add milk, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined
  3. Fold in flour, baking soda and salt
  4. Add blueberries and fold gently.
  5. Put in bread pan and bake.

Tips for making quick bread

  • Do not overmix batter
  • Bake in a fully preheated oven
  • Test bread for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs, bread is cooked through. If toothpick comes out with wet crumbs or batter, the bread needs to cook longer
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing
A china tea cup filled with fresh blueberries.

Can I use frozen blueberries?

Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used. I used fresh blueberries in this recipe but frozen blueberries work perfectly as well.  If you use frozen berries, increase the cooking time 5-10 minutes. 

I use fresh if I have them, otherwise frozen blueberries work well. Using frozen berries makes it possible to enjoy this bread all year long!

I love eating fresh blueberries, but frozen ones are a great treat.  There is no difference once the berries are cooked up in a bread or dessert.  If using frozen berries, don’t thaw before adding to batter. Just fold them in frozen.

How long do you bake blueberry lemon bread?

Blueberry lemon bread bakes for one hour in a 350 degree oven.  If you used frozen berries, your time will increase by about 10 minutes.

A loaf of blueberry lemon bread cut into slices.

Can I make mini loaves?

Yes, you can make mini loaves. You will use two small bread pans instead of one regular sized bread pan. Reduce cooking time to 45 minutes.  I often make small loaves because I like the size and each slice makes a perfect sized snack. The small loaves make perfect gifts too!

Small loaf of blueberry lemon bread on a white napkin.

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, this bread is perfect for freezing. Allow bread to fully cool then place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to a month. I like to slice my bread before freezing, but you can freeze whole as well.

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A slice of bread filled with blueberries.

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Sliced bread with blueberries on a small white plate.

Blueberry Lemon Bread

Kathy
Moist and delicious loaf of quick bread loaded with blueberries and fresh lemon flavor.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 Cup butter (melted)
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions
 

Regular Loaf

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a loaf pan with a non-stick spray.
  • In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar.
  • Add milk, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour. baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
  • With a spatula gently fold blueberries into mixture.
  • Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from pan and continue cooling on rack.

Mini Loaf

  • Follow instructions above for making bread batter.
  • Place batter in two greased mini loaf pans.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Notes

  • Can use fresh or frozen blueberries.
  • If adding frozen, do not thaw before adding.
  • Cooking time will increase by about 10 minutes when using frozen berries.

Tips for making quick bread

  • Do not overmix batter
  • Bake in a fully preheated oven
  • Test bread for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs, bread is cooked through. If toothpick comes out with wet crumbs or batter, the bread needs to cook longer
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing
Calories are based on a regular loaf  (not mini) sliced into 10 slices. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 151mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg
Keyword blueberry bread, blueberry lemon bread, lemon blueberry bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from The New Basics Cookbook.

This recipe was originally published in May of 2016. Many of the photos and the post have been updated.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Natanja
    May 17, 2016 at 4:55 am

    This is perfect for afternoon tea. It looks so fluffy and tender, omg I am swooning!
    P.S. Never be sorry for posting a lot of blueberry/lemon desserts, you can never have enough of those 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      I need to start having afternoon tea! It sounds so elegant.

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    May 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad you can’t help yourself, Kathy, because I love blueberries paired with lemon! And this loaf looks absolutely delicious.. and gorgeous! I could easily eat this entire loaf in less than 4 minutes! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Less than 4 minutes! You’d better make two loaves so it will last you a bit.

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    May 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Blueberries and lemon are definitely a winning combination. I wish that were an ice cream flavor. Anyhow, I will have to try this! It looks like something I need right now for that afternoon slump.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:39 am

      I think you’re on to something….lemon blueberry ice cream! Hmmmmmmm…..

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    May 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Breakfast food is seriously the best! This blueberry lemon bread seriously looks PERFECT, Kathy. I wish I could grab a piece out of my computer screen.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:40 am

      It is absolute perfection!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I adore blueberries and lemon too. But I have never combined these beauties in a bread. This one looks so bright and refreshing, Kathy. I wish I could have a few slices right away. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:40 am

      You need to give it a try!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    May 16, 2016 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    Yep, these are classic flavors I can never get enough of! Oh, how I love me some blueberry bread straight from the oven! YUM!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:40 am

      It is great straight from the oven….it is a bit crumbly if you don’t let it cool. Just giving you a warning!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 16, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Blueberry + lemon is such an excellent combination, Kathy! I can see why you’d go for these two together again. And that loaf? It looks amazing! I bet it would be excellent toasted with a little bit of butter. Totally pinning this one for later. Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:42 am

      I need to try toasting it! That sounds perfect.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    May 16, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I love the combination of blueberries and lemon! And I have lots of frozen berries so this recipe would be perfect to make soon. Perfect eaten straight from the oven with a smear of butter 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 17, 2016 at 4:42 am

      A little butter always makes things better!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    May 15, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Hey Kathy, while I’m writing to you my husband is making lemon blueberry waffles. We’re on the same page 😉 ! We love this combo: the smell, the flavor, just can’t get enough! Your bread looks fantastic, tall and moist and juicy from the blueberries!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 16, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Blueberries and lemon are perfect together! Love the waffle idea!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    May 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Hey Kathy – such a gorgeous loaf and a wonderful combo with the lemon. I love blueberries and this is a great way to satisfy that craving.. love a little something sweet with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Our blueberries won’t be ready until mid-July, but I’m sure I could make this with frozen ones too. Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 15, 2016 at 4:20 am

      It works perfectly with frozen blueberries!

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