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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
    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    May 22, 2016 at 3:50 am

    This looks delicious Kathy! I have to confess, I don’t think that I have ever had lemon with blueberries! This is something that I will have to rectify!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 23, 2016 at 5:42 am

      It’s time to give it a try! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adina
    May 20, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Perfect looking cake, I would love a slice right now. I love both blueberries and lemon, so this just made it on the to-do list.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 21, 2016 at 6:27 am

      I love to-do lists when they involve baking….and not cleaning! 🙂 Enjoy!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    May 19, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I love this loaf! My mom used to make the best lemon blueberry muffins & I’m sure this loaf is just as delicious 😉 If I can’t get her to make a batch this summer, I’ll have to try this loaf!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I’m definitely not complaining about the lemon blueberry combo. This would be such a great breakfast!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

      It is great for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    May 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I have been craving a lemon blueberry treat so I just had to try this one.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 19, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Hope you loved it as much as we did!

  • Reply
    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu
    May 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Oooh I love blueberries in baked goods, especially with lemon! This looks so lovely Kathy – love those big beautiful pictures too!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      I love blueberries in just about everything! 🙂

  • Reply
    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    May 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    You always have the best quick breads, Kathy. Love the combo of blueberry and lemons – I have a bunch of lemons to use up so will be making this and bringing it in to work! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Lucky coworkers!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    May 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

    such a classic combination, the bread looks wonderful Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Two great flavors that are always great together.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    May 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    haha I can’t help myself either when it comes to blueberry and lemon! They just go so well together! This bread sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Glad you agree! 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    May 17, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Lemon and blueberries is a combination I can never get sick of.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Me too….just keep ’em coming!

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