Lemon Blueberry Bread

by Sugar on July 25, 2012 · 37 comments

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Lemon and blueberries are two of my favorite ingredients to use in the summer. I especially love making sweet breads with berries. It’s the perfect treat for any time of the day. Banana bread, pumpkin bread, you name it and I make it, the recipes from Village Bakery have helped me out a lot lately. But one of my all time favorite combinations to make has to be Lemon Blueberry. I love these flavors together because you get the sweet and the tart. Oh and the smell of it baking in the oven is so good it should be one of Yankee Candles’ new aromas.

Blueberries are so plentiful and inexpensive in the summer months that you almost have to find new ways to use them, so why not make this bread today and invite a friend over for some coffee or tea. Enjoy!

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Start to Finish: 1 hour 45 minutes

8 to 10 servings


For cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

For glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


Preheat oven to 350ºF

Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer in a medium size bowl until smooth.  Beat in eggs, vanilla, sour cream, lemon juice and zest. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.

Fold in 3/4 of the blueberries into the batter. Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan and sprinkle the remainder of the blueberries on top of the batter. Bake for about 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.

Let bread cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and place on cooling rack to cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Mix confectioners sugar, cream and lemon extract in a small bowl. Drizzle over cool loaf and let glaze set before slicing.

Cooking Tips:

Extra lemon zest can be added to the glaze for added lemon flavor.

Water can be used in place of heavy cream or milk to make the glaze.

char says:

Goodmorning Sugar !!

I made the Lemon Blueberry bread yesterday and it was delicious ! My husband took it to his office today and they loved it too…gone in a flash ! LOL
Thanks !!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Char I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to write to me. You can sub other berries or nuts in this recipe so get creative with it next time. :)

rhyan thomas says:

can u make a video on this please

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh that is a good idea. I will add that to my video list. :)

Jennifer Reynolds says:

Hi Sugar,

I would love to make this on Sunday for our dessert, could I possible use frozen blueberries if I can’t find fresh?

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Sure you can use frozen. Enjoy

Yasmine says:

Hi sugar,
Can I subistitute the blueberries with other fruit as strawberry? Thanks for your effort

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Sure you can add any type of berry. Enjoy!

Tracy says:

Hi Sugar,
A friend of mines who just PCS’d to Alaska sent me this web site. I gotta tell you the first thing I spotted was the Lemon Blueberry Bread. I went to the store immediately and purchased the ingredients that I didn’t have at home. However, when I made the glaze it apprently was too stiff. I believe there is an error in the glaze recipe. I used everything listed to make the glaze. I added alot more heavy cream to get the consitanty to be over to drizzle it over the bread. After the glaze set, and had my first slice….. OH MY!!! Delish!!!!!!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh I am so glad you found my site. The glaze is a consistency thing and maybe since I live in Florida and it’s humid my glaze was thinner. LOL!! Not sure but glad you thinned it out to work for you and you enjoyed it. :)

Thanks so much for your feedback and be sure to look at some of my past recipes and give them a try too.

Tracy says:

You are very welcome Sugar. I have already browsed your website and saw a few more recipes I will be trying. I already got my eyes set on Mom’s Chicken A La Gloria – A Family Favorite Chicken Recipe for this evenings dinner, now I need a dessert and I’m sure I will find a great one from your site!! :)

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Thanks for the feedback and keep me posted. :)

Alyssa says:

Hi Sugar,
I have your app on my iPad. I’ve made several of your recipes for my family and they loved them! You are so creative and helpful. You’ve inspired me to cook full meals for my family and others.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. Thank you for the lovely feedback. You made
my day!

Andria says:

I’m so glad to hear that all went well with your surgery. I’m not sure if the feeling is anything like a c-section, but the pain is definitely much worse than a person can anticipate. I hope that you recover quickly :-)

In regards to this yummy looking cake, I was wondering what it would be like without the lemon. I was thinking about making little cakes for the girls’ first birthday (coming soon-yikes!) and this recipe looks healthier than any box cake in the stores. The girls both love blueberries but books I’ve read say not to give them citrus yet. Do you think I could substitute the lemon with applesauce? If not, do you have any other suggestions? Thank you!

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Yes it is probably a lot like a c-section but I had other organ problems too. I will be a week out tomorrow and it’s so much better. I just need to take it easy for the next month. That will be the hardest part.

As for the cake sure you can leave out the lemon. Use vanilla or nothing in it’s place. This recipe is the base so you can use any type of fruit or nuts, chips and so on. Just get creative.

By the way the girls are just so amazingly beautiful. I can’t believe it will be 1 year soon. God Bless and Enjoy!


Trish says:

Hi Sugar, My 4 year old, Eva, and I love your recipes. She especially enjoys the videos and gets excited when we get a new recipe via email.
We wanted to wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing more videos once you are feeling better. We will keep you in our prayers.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thank you Trish,

All went well. It has been a tough few days but the worst is over. Now I just need to be patient and let my body heal.


Kimi says:

Hi Sugar

You’ll do great and feel so much better. We’ll pray for a speedy recovery and light a candle for you at church on Sunday.


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thank you Kim,

It did go well. Just more painful than I thought it would be. :( The good news is the worst is over and now I just need to heal. XXOO

Nancy says:


I wanted to wish you a speedy recovery and I will keep you in my prayer’s!
God Bless

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thank you Nancy. I’m doing well just taking it slow. :)

colleen says:

This looks so good. I think I am goung to either put them into my little indivdual loaf tins or perhaps muffin cups. Thanks for sharing ! I’ll keep you in my prayers!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thank you for your prayers. It all went well. The first few days were tough but the worst is behind me and now I just need to relax and give my body a chance to heal. :) XXOO

Dwight M Lee says:

“I am having a hysterectomy tomorrow so I need some time to recovery”
I pray you have perfect success and a speedy and full recovery.

Cecilia says:

Many of us have gone thru the same surgery and all of the feed back so far from my friends , like myself, is positive. You will feel much better once you recover and will love your new life…relax and take it easy during your recovery. Ps Gonna try the Lemon Blueberry Bread with Extra lemon!

marina hernandez says:

Hi Sugar…

Is now few months that I find your blogg, and and like so much your videos, and
i been doing some of your recipes, but the chicken permesano, is one that I already make
once a week, my family loved so much, and is so esasy for me…
I hope, everthing go well with you hyste,
I will make my night prayers on you name, all the best for you and your family.
and sugar, i going to make tonigh this delicios cake.

best wishes from
tijuana, mexico


Camille says:

Hi Sugar,

Love your website and recipes and can’t wait to try this Lemon Blueberry Bread but I wanted to wish you the best of luck tomorrow as you undergo your hysterectomy. Having been down that road myself I know how anxious you must be feeling but I’m sending all good thoughts and prayers your way for you and your family for your speedy recovery. God bless you and be well soon. ~ Camille

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh Camille thank you so much honey. I know it will be fine. It has been a tough few months for me so this will be a good thing. I just want it to be over now. XXOO.


Nancy says:

That look’s yummy! I love the blueberry and lemon combonation! Can’t wait to try it! Sugar I miss you showing us how to cook on your video’s!
As alway’s thank’s for sharing your recipes with us, they are wonderful and easy!


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for the sweet feedback. I have had a lot going on in my life so I haven’t had time to do the videos but I will get back to them as soon as I can. I am having a hysterectomy tomorrow so I need some time to recovery. I too miss doing the videos so I can’t wait to get back to it. XXOO

Terri says:

Oooo that looks so yummy I can taste it through my computer. LOL. Sugar you write juice of 1 lemon but approximately how much juice? Some lemons are smaller and don’t produce enough juice.

Ter 😉

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Just an average medium size lemon will give you about 2 tablespoons of juice, but don’t stress about it too much.

Enjoy! :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

So glad you liked it.