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Moist Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Moist, lemony and bursting with blueberries, this Lemon Blueberry Loaf is perfect for a tea, shower or brunch.

I froze a few leftover slices after we devoured most of the loaf. Mostly to keep my husband from polishing them off. A few days later, I was looking for something to satisfy my after-dinner sweet tooth craving and pulled out the frozen slices.  Too impatient to wait until they defrosted, I microwaved them for 20 seconds and inadvertently discovered that Lemon-Blueberry Loaf warmed-up is sublime!

Moist Lemon-Blueberry Loaf. Easily mixed with a spoon, this flavourful loaf is real treat.

My inspiration for this lemon blueberry loaf was my interest in making something a bit lighter to serve after a big Thai meal.

I searched for recipes and found 3 very similar ones by Ina Garten, Jo Cooks and Nagi from TinEats. All 3 recipes did not require any equipment – just mix with a whisk.  The recipe below is a close version of the 3 recipes with a couple of minor tweaks.

The end result is a simple, delicious dessert or snack that is easy to make, super moist and full of lemon and blueberry flavor. Not super low cal, but not bad as desserts go. 

 

Tailor To Your Taste

  • To reduce calories in the loaf.
    • The recipe has an option for a lemon syrup which adds extra moistness and lemon taste, but you can leave that step out if you want.  Or alternatively, use the syrup and leave out the glaze.
    • Substitute Greek or plain [lower fat] yogurt for the sour cream.
    • Just eat half a slice 🙂
  • Try blackberries or raspberries instead of blueberries.
  • Leave out the blueberries (but of course you will then have to call it Lemon Loaf! )

Tips for Lemon Blueberry Loaf

  • Be sure to toss the blueberries in flour before adding to the batter. This will ensure they don’t all sink to the bottom.
  • If the glaze is too thick, add a bit more lemon juice or water. If it’s too thin, add a bit more icing sugar.
  • The loaf is delicious warmed in the microwave for a few seconds.

Make Ahead

  • Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • It also freezes well, well wrapped, for up to 3 months. 

Other fruit based cakes you might like

How to make moist blueberry lemon loaf

Blueberries, lemon, butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, sour cream, eggs
blueberries, baking powder, sour cream, salt, sugar, flour, icing sugar, vanilla, lemons, eggs, butter
flour, salt, sugar, baking powder in bowl
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (except sugar)
wet ingredients and sugar in bowl
mix wet ingredients plus sugar in another bowl
blueberries dusted in flour in bowl
dust blueberries with flour so they don’t sink
batter and blueberries in bowl
mix wet and dry ingredients into a batter with blueberries
 Lemon-Blueberry Loaf baked
bake in loaf pan

Moist Lemon-Blueberry Loaf with glaze on cutting board slices of Lemon-Blueberry Loaf on plate

Moist Lemon-Blueberry Loaf sliced on plate with tea cups beside it

Lemon Blueberry Loaf slices on plate

piece of Lemon-Blueberry Loaf. on plate
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Moist Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Moist, lemony and bursting with blueberries, this Lemon Blueberry Loaf is perfect for a tea, shower or brunch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

For Loaf

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream (or Greek or plain yoghurt for less calories)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, tossed in 1 tablespoon flour

For Optional Lemon Syrup

  • juice of 1 lemon mixed with 2-3 teaspoons sugar

For Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • dash of pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: Lemon zest to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  • GET ORGANIZED: Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inch loaf pan with cooking oil (or grease with butter) and dust with flour. Zest two lemons and set aside.
  • COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS: (except sugar) Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
  • COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS AND SUGAR: In a separate medium bowl, mix together sour cream eggs, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.
  • COMBINE INGREDIENTS FROM BOTH BOWLS: Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine with whisk. Gently fold in the blueberries mixed with flour.
  • BAKE: Pour batter into greased/floured loaf pan. Bake on middle rack for about 50-70 minutes. Since ovens vary, start checking at 50 minutes. If toothpick or tester inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, it's done. Rest cake for 10 minutes on rack, then remove cake from loaf pan and place it on rack over a pan or cutting board (something to catch any drips).
  • MAKE AND ADD LEMON SYRUP (OPTIONAL): For an even moister, more lemony loaf, poke holes in top of cake with tester or toothpick. Pour on lemon syrup to soak in. Let loaf cool.
  • MAKE AND ADD GLAZE: Mix together icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cake. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Slice and serve.

Notes

Make Ahead: Store in a sealed container at room temperature or in the fridge. It also freezes well, well wrapped, for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Moist Lemon Blueberry Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lemon Blueberry loaf, originally published in 2018, has been updated for our readers.

17 Comments

  1. Hi Cheryl, I noticed in the picture it shows butter not oil, can I use 1 stick of butter in place of the oil?

    1. Sorry Linda. You’re absolutely right. I showed butter in the picture and oil in the list of ingredients. You can definitely substitute the oil with butter. No problem. Just melt it and cool it a bit. Many say butter tastes better but the texture with oil will be a bit lighter. Hope you will love the loaf either way. 😊

  2. This is my second time making this. This time I doubled the recipe to be served at a family reunion. It is the most wonderful bread….almost tastes like cheesecake to me. Will definitely be making more in the future.

  3. I have made this a few times which means it’s a winner.
    Although I dust the berries as indicated, too many fall to the bottom. Have you any suggestions?

    1. Hi Debra. Glad you’re enjoying the loaf. Other than dusting the berries with flour to prevent them from sinking, one other thing you can try is to pour about 1/4-1/3 of the batter into the loaf pan without the berries, then mix the dusted berries into the remaining batter and pour that over the un-berried batter. Hope that helps.

  4. OMG this is to die for this is a super easy recipe and I love love it Thank you for sharing My husband is a big fan of chocolate cake I asked him to taste it and I have to say he loved it he is very fussy with desserts I also tried making muffins because he loves his muffins and it was a success this is a keeper in my favourite recipes

    1. Thanks Susan! Happy to hear your husband who is fussy about desserts liked the loaf too. A big compliment! And thanks for sharing the muffin idea with our readers.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! I have a lemon tree and I usually have frozen blueberries, if not freshen on hand. I can see myself making this often!

  6. 5 stars
    Forgot to give it 5 stars…Loved this recipe. Made it with fresh cranberries instead of blueberries. It was a hit with the family.

    1. Deb, thanks for coming back to rate the recipe after leaving a comment! Really nice of you. Interesting twist with the cranberries – must have been really tangy.

  7. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS!!!! BIG hit with the samplers!! Within a week I am already make it again!! Moist and I love the lemon touch!!! Definitely a keeper!! Thanks for sharing

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