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Sara's Lemon Bread for Church Bake Sale
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Sara’s Lemon Bread for Church Bake Sale

Sara’s Lemon Bread for Church Bake Sale is a homemade quick bread topped with toasted almonds and a delightful lemony glaze.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 432kcal


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk at room temperature, I used almond milk
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon reserve lemon for the juice
  • ¾ teaspoon pure lemon oil optional
  • ½ cup sliced almonds


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8" x 3.75" loaf pan with shortening (I used an aluminum foil pan). Line bottom of pan with parchment or waxed paper. Grease paper too.
  • Zest one lemon. Set aside. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a measuring cup. You will need ¼ cup of lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer; add eggs. Beat until combined. Measure flour into a medium bowl. Stir in baking powder and salt. Turn mixer on low and alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, blending well. Add lemon zest (and lemon oil, if desired). Beat on medium for about 30 seconds. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle almonds on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, mix together ¼ cup of lemon juice with ¼ cup of sugar. As soon as the loaf comes out of the oven, pour lemon juice mixture over hot bread. (You might want to loosen the sides of the pan a bit, so the juice can drip down the sides.) This bread will have a nice lemony crust. Let cool and serve. Or wrap in plastic wrap and tie a ribbon around it for a nice gift or bake sale. Keep at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for 1 week. Also freezes well too.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg