Lemon loaf recipe better than Starbucks

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My favorite travel ritual is going through security at Seatac airport and grabbing a grande coffee and a lemon loaf. While loafing around my couch one Sunday afternoon (see what I did there?) I went into snack mode. Realizing, there was no food in the fridge, just things to make food, I set out to find a recipe our of the few things I had. Thanks to Glorious Treats’ berry lemon loaf recipe, I was able to indulge in my travel ritual from the comfort of my couch (plus legroom!).

A lemon loaf recipe better than Starbucks

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I don’t bake often, even though my sweet tooth could very well be its own personality. Yes, my cravings often influence my daily decisions. My fiance complains that my baking makes him fat, as he goes for a third slice of berry lemon loaf today. Hence, I try to keep my baking to a minimum. This lemon loaf recipe was so easy, and so delicious, that I couldn’t NOT make it. The idea had baked in my mind until it had risen to a full blown kitchen party (LOL more baking puns).

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Before I knew it, I was pulling out my whisk and digging through the back of my pantry for what little remained of my vanilla extract.

The most crucial step in making a good berry lemon loaf is coating the berries in flour. DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS STEP WHEN MAKING YOUR LOAF. If you do not toss your berries in flour, they will all sink to the bottom of your loaf.

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A very berry lemon loaf

I try and eat as healthy as I can, avoiding red meats, getting a diverse variety of vegetables and fruit in my diet, and evading meals that are 90% carbs. I’m not always successful, especially when my sweet tooth takes the wheel in the kitchen. But, when all else fails, I try and find lighter ingredients or simple recipes that can make my meals “healthier.”

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I like my lemon loaves to be more lemon than berry. The original recipe from Glorious Treats calls for just 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the loaf, but I doubled it so I could really taste the tartness. I also increased the amount of lemon juice in the glaze too.

This lemon loaf was a huge hit with my fiance, who will eat anything if it has lemon or lime in it. It makes for a great dish to bring to a potluck or company get together.

Berry Lemon Loaf Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh berries of your choosing (I went with blackberry).
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest (or as much as you can get off of your lemons)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

Berry lemon loaf glaze ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Baking directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F and line a 9″x 5″ loaf pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder and salt)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients plus the sugar but minus the milk (melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice).
  4. Slowly mix in the wet mixture to the dry in two batches and slowly mix in the milk until well combined and set aside.
  5. In a bowl, coat the berries with a tablespoon of flour and toss until the flour coats all of the berries.
  6. Pour half the mixture into the loaf pan and sprinkle in half of the berries.
  7. Pour the other half of the mixture in the loaf pan and sprinkle the rest of the berries on top.
  8. Bake in the oven for 55 minutes to one hour, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. While the loaf bakes, whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla to create the glaze.
  10. Remove the loaf from the pan and take off the parchment paper.
  11. Place the lemon berry loaf on a wire wack to cool for 30 minutes and place a pan below.
  12. Once almost cool, pour the lemon glaze on top in even ribbons until fully coated.
  13. Optional: scoop the run-off glaze out of the pan and reglaze. Repeat until all of the glaze is on the lemon berry loaf.



  1. YUMMY! this looks delicious! the photos are litrally mouth watering! wish i could pick it up from the screen and eat it now, but i shall have to try and make it for myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe! x

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