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Lemon Blueberry Bread with Buttermilk Glaze

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This lemon blueberry buttermilk loaf is an easy quick bread recipe studded with sweet blueberries and lemon zest and topped with a tangy lemon buttermilk glaze. 

A sliced loaf of lemon blueberry bread with buttermilk glaze over the top on a bread board with sliced lemons and a bowl of blueberries to one side.
Lemon Blueberry Bread makes a perfect breakfast treat.

Warning, this lemon blueberry bread is one of those fruity breakfast breads that’s not just a quick bread, nor is it a loaf cake, it’s somewhere in between! To me that’s the best place to be because it means you can eat it for breakfast, serve it at  brunch, or have it for dessert. 

I love this recipe because it’s simple to make, doesn’t require a lot of costly ingredients, in fact you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.  It turns out to be such a pretty and colorful loaf. The combination of lemon and blueberries is classic and works well any time of year. 

Several slices of lemon blueberry bread on a white plate with a slice of lemon to one side.
Blueberry studded throughout the loaf!

Tips for success:

  • Real buttermilk. It’s easy to make a substitute for buttermilk by adding lemon juice or vinegar to milk. However, in this recipe  use real buttermilk. The buttermilk is not only a huge component to the bread, but is also used to give the lemon glaze a tangy kick without being too tart. Trust me, buttermilk substitutes don’t taste nearly as good for the glaze. 
Blueberries are coated with flour first before being folded into the quick bread batter.
Blueberries coated in flour won’t sink to the bottom of your bread!
  • Take care with your blueberries! Toss your blueberries in flour first. In blueberry baked goods, the berries are notorious for sinking to the bottom. Always toss blueberries to coat them with flour before adding them to the recipe and gently fold them in last thing before pouring the batter to the pan. Stirring vigorously can bruise and break the berries, causing discoloration in your bread.
  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper. This is an optional step, but not only does it make removing your blueberry bread so easy, it also helps keep your workstation cleaner when it’s time to start glazing the bread.
A loaf pan lined with parchment paper and full of lemon blueberry bread batter ready to be placed in the oven.
Parchment paper makes it so easy to remove from the pan.
  • Cool the loaf completely before glazing. When you add the glaze to warm bread, it will melt and run off the edges. Wait for it to cool and it will stay where it’s supposed to!

Got leftover buttermilk? Try these recipes next.

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A loaf of lemon blueberry bread with buttermilk glaze on a bread board with lemons and blueberries to one side.

Lemon Blueberry Bread with Buttermilk Glaze

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This lemon blueberry buttermilk loaf is an easy quick bread recipe studded with sweet blueberries and lemon zest and topped with a tangy buttermilk glaze. The perfect way to start your day!


  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon buttermilk
  • ½ Tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  2. Spray an 8x4 inch pan with nonstick spray, then line it with parchment paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together vegetable oil, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and eggs.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients alternately with milk until everything is combined. 
  6. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of flour over the blueberries and stir them around so they're covered. This will help keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bread while it bakes.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 50-60 minutes. The top of the bread should be golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes and then remove from the pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  8. For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar with lemon juice and buttermilk until smooth. Drizzle over bread when it is completely cooled (and you can't resist eating it). If you'd like a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar until you get the consistency you'd prefer.


Baking ahead of time:

If you're baking this the day ahead of when you'd like to serve it, wrap the cooled loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature WITHOUT the glaze. The day of serving mix up the glaze and add it to the bread before serving.

To Freeze:

This bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a large ziploc bag or air tight container. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight the day before serving. It is best to freeze the bread without the glaze and prepare the glaze before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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This lemon blueberry buttermilk loaf is an easy quick bread recipe studded with sweet blueberries and lemon zest and topped with a tangy buttermilk glaze. The perfect way to start your day!

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