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Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze

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Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze. This delicious bread is stuffed with blueberries, and deliciously flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

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The glaze is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. There is just enough glaze to cover the top of the bread with a drizzle and not to overwhelm the overall flavor of this dessert!

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The slice (or two, or three) of this bread is lovely early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

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I prefer to store this bread refrigerated: it keeps fresher and longer this way, plus the glaze keeps better, too.

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After you bake the bread, cool it completely before drizzling with lemon glaze. Also, make sure the bread is completely cool before you refrigerate it. Enjoy!

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Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze


  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Lemon glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Butter an 8x4 inch loaf pan, line the bottom and two sides of the pan with the parchment paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk.
  5. In the same bowl where you combined flour, add blueberries and toss them in 2 tablespoons of flour. This will help prevent blueberries from sinking.
  6. Fold in lemon zest, and blueberries into the batter. Do it carefully and fast. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 40 minutes on a wire rack. Release the bread from the pan.
  8. Lemon glaze:
  9. Combine freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl and beat, using electrical mixer, until smooth glaze forms . Drizzle the top of the bread (after it's been completely cooled) with the glaze. Some of the glaze will go down the sides of the bread.


Adapted from AllRecipes


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{ 22 comments… add one }

  • ahu August 4, 2014, 7:52 pm

    There is something about the combination of blueberry and lemon that is both visually stunning and delicious. This is a beautiful bread!!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy August 4, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Oh yum!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu August 4, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Between those juicy blueberries and that glaze, this is practically screaming my name!

  • Glory/ Glorious Treats August 5, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Super gorgeous and I’m sure it’s so delicious!!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs August 6, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I love lemons, so this glaze speaks to me. And lemons combined with blueberries is a wonderful combo. Great bread — thanks.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen August 6, 2014, 1:51 pm

    This bread just looks amazing!

  • Shelley August 7, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Just finished having a slice of this beautiful bread…incredible…thank you!!

    • Julia August 19, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Shelley, thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed this bread!

  • Monica August 8, 2014, 12:26 pm

    I love blueberry lemon breads! This bread looks so moist and delicious. I’m craving some now (:

    • Julia August 19, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Love lemon + blueberries! So much flavor!

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu August 19, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Wow what a gorgeous blueberry loaf and I just love the dripping glaze – divine!

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • en September 24, 2014, 11:06 am

    Hi! May i know for the butter in the recipe, can it be room temperature butter or must it be melted butter? Will be baking it soon! :)
    Looking forward to your reply, thanks!

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 2:59 pm

      It should be melted butter. In all of my bread dessert recipes, I use melted butter, always.

  • Jennifer November 8, 2014, 11:12 am

    Made this today. Although I didn’t have lemon zest it was still very tasty. I used frozen mixed berries. Yum! Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Julia November 11, 2014, 3:12 pm

      Jennifer, I am so happy you liked it! :) Mixed berries sound delicious with all the lemon flavor! I love using frozen berries in baking – they work so well!

  • Christine November 21, 2014, 7:03 am

    I just made this and added some raspberries with the blueberries as well! Amazing, refreshing flavour! :)

  • Gina November 21, 2014, 3:51 pm

    So excited to make this bread!!!love blueberries and this looks super easy!!!thank you!!!

  • Natalie December 9, 2014, 11:42 am

    Do you need to use the parchment paper?

    • stephanie January 19, 2015, 4:27 pm

      I’m also wondering this…

  • Christina January 6, 2015, 2:51 pm

    I made this today and it is amazing! Super easy, moist, and not too sweet! Thank you for posting this recipe! Delicious!

  • Michelle January 28, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Very good bread. Did not have fresh lemon zest, so I added 1/2 tsp lemon extract to batter. It tasted just lemony enough. Next time I will add a little bit more than 1 cup of blueberries to make the bread a little moister. Will definitely make this bread again.

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