Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread

I know what you’re thinking….sigh…another lemon dessert.

I’m a little surprised myself. Where did this sudden love of citrus desserts come from anyway?

But this was too good not to share, and when I bake, I bake to share. What’s the point of making something good and keeping it all to yourself.

With all the snow(??), rain, and overall dreary weather the last couple days you need this bright and cheerful bread.

It’s not just some plain old bread with some lemons and stuff. It’s studded with blueberries, meyer lemon zest, brushed with a warm lemon syrup, and finally drizzled with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. See, told you it was good. It’s super moist and all around wonderful.

Plus, it’s super easy and fast to make. The hardest part, is waiting for it to cool so you can eat it.

Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread
Makes 1 loaf

1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz/235g) all purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon for blueberries
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or slightly less table salt)
1/2 cup (4oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (6oz/ 185g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
3 large eggs
1/2 cup (4fl oz/125ml) whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (4oz/125g) fresh blueberries

For the Syrup:
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used meyer lemons)
4 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Glaze:
1/2 cup (2oz/60g) confectioners sugar
about 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and adjust rack to the middle position. Butter and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar, butter, and lemon zest on     medium-high speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, until each one is incorporated. Add in the milk and vanilla extract, and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just incorporated.

4. In a small bowl, toss clean blueberries with the 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

5. Bake until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. (this will depend on the size of your loaf pan). Allow bread to cool in pan for a few minutes then turn onto cooling rack.

6. While the bread is baking, make the lemon syrup. In a small saucepan, measure lemon juice and sugar, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, until all the sugar is dissolved and the syrup has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes.

7. Using a skewer, poke the top of the bread all over. Don’t be shy, you want all the syrup to go into the cake so it will be nice and moist. Brush the bread generously with the lemon syrup. Allow the bread to cool completely, about 2 to 3 hours.

8. To make the glaze: In a small bowl, mix the confectioners sugar and lemon juice, and whisk to combine. When bread is completely cool, drizzle the top with the glaze.

Jessica’s Notes:

  • If blueberries aren’t in season, or you simply don’t like them, you can make lemon poppy seed bread instead. Replace the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds. Bake as directed.
  • I used meyer lemons for this but feel free to use regular lemons.
Good Luck & Enjoy!!


  • Luiza Cardoso

    Jessica, I almost cry when i read this “But this was too good not to share, and when I bake, I bake to share. What’s the point of making something good and keeping it all to yourself.” I bake for my friends and I think the same way about sharing. So sweet

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Awww, thank you Luiza!! Sharing is good :)

  • H321

    Thank you so much for this recipe! This is the best blueberry lemon loaf I have ever made and it has half the sugar and butter than many of the recipes I’ve been scouring. I skipped the syrup portion though, it was just as sweet.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Kim

    Just wanted to add- I used frozen organic blueberries and didn’t flour them and it turned out delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  • Emily

    Thank you so much for giving us these beautiful ,breathtaking recipe images. Now I don’t have to content with those teeny -weeny photos ! ! Love your recipes and site.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you so much, Emily! Happy that you like it!

  • Christy

    I saw this recipe on Michelle’s Tasty Creations and had to try it and am i ever so glad I did. Thank you for posting the recipe.

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