Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread
When your taste tester girlfriends cannot wait for a recipe to get shared on the blog, you know it’s a winner. This dense, berry packed Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread was a major hit with all my friends.
Why You Should Make
- If you can find beautiful plump blueberries, this loaf is a delicious way to use them
- Quick bread freezes beautifully, so make an extra to store in your freezer.
- The speedier turnaround time makes bread like this blueberry quick bread perfect to eat any time of day!
- It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert or a tasty snack with a cup of milk, tea, or coffee!
For mid-winter, I was both thrilled and a bit surprised to find sweet and plump blueberries at the market. I thought of making some blueberry muffins, but it’s even easier baking up all the batter in a single loaf pan.
Usually purchased to sprinkle over my mid-morning yogurt, I snagged some extra berries to bake up a loaf of this splendid lemon blueberry muffin bread! If you have a slew of blueberries, make a batch of these beautiful Blueberry Crumb Bars, too!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Quick Bread?
Quick bread uses baking soda, baking powder, or a combination as their leavening. No messing with yeast, kneading, or proofing (letting rest in a warm spot to rise) is needed.
How Can You Tell When Quick Bread is Done?
Use a toothpick and insert it into the middle or the loaf or into a crack on the surface. If it comes out clean, your loaf is done. If you see batter, add more baking time and recheck until thoroughy baked.
Is Quick Bread a Dessert?
It can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, a snack, or dessert. A sweet quick bread is synonymous with a loaf cake, but calling it bread makes it easier to rationalize having it for breakfast!
I brought this dense, blueberry-laden loaf to share at my Friday coffee klatch AKA knitting group. When they ask to take leftovers home, I know it’s a hit. ALL gave it rave reviews. They’re an honest crowd, so if you’re a blueberry lover, this is a must-make recipe!
Tips for Making Quick Bread:
- Make sure your leavening is fresh. Baking powder is not used as often as baking soda and often expires while sitting in your kitchen cabinet.
- Tossing the blueberries in flour, first helps them stay dispersed in the batter. It works for chocolate chips, too.
- Do not overmix the batter. When you add the liquids to the dry ingredients, mix until just combined to avoid tunnels in the baked loaf.
- Fill your loaf pan about 2/3 full so the batter has room to rise.
- Test to see if your bread is done about 5 minutes before you expect the loaf to be fully baked. When you insert a toothpick in the middle there should be either a few moist or no crumbs on it. If there is batter on the toothpick, continue baking and recheck in 5 or 10 minutes.
More Quick Bread Recipes You’ll Love:
- Lemon Quick Bread from Crazy for Crust
- Zucchini Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cherry and Almond Quick Bread from Foodie Crush
- Brown Sugar Apple Bread Recipe from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cranberry Upside-Down Bread from Belly Full
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used full fat)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with a rectangle of parchment paper, then spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the blueberries and lemon zest and toss to combine.
- Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the yogurt then the dry ingredients, mixing gently until incorporated.
- Scrape the thick batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully removing loaf to cooling rack.
Make sure to check if your baking powder is fresh. It typically expires before you use it all.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g