Lemon Tea Bread

What is a Southern girl without a good tea bread recipe? Looking for a good recipe and this one is outstanding; my sister shared this recipe with me many years ago.  Nothing is better than a quick pick-me-up of Lemon Tea Bread, served alone or with ice cream and fresh fruit, and a tall glass of lemonade at the end of meal. I love lemon zest, so I have been known to add a little more. Lemon Cello gives a gourmet taste if you want to pour a little bit of the liquor when serving the bread. This bread freezes well and has been known to “bail-me-out” with last minute desserts or spontaneous invitations for coffee.


  • ½ Cup butter ( I use unsalted)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ lemon rind finely grated ( zest)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ cup milk


  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar
  • Juice of 1 ½ lemons


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour bread pan.
  2. Cream butter and add sugar gradually, working until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and best until light. Add lemon zest.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add to the sugar/butter mixture alternating with milk, ending with flour mixture.  Beat on low speed only until mixtures are combined.
  4. Pour batter into loaf pan, bake for one hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center is withdrawn clean.
  5. While the bread is baking, prepare glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.  Remove bread from oven, pour glaze over bread while it is hot in the pan. Allow glazed bread to cool before removing from the pan.

About Michele (the Author)

Growing up in Vicksburg, MS, Michele experienced a wonderful culinary experience, from seafood to ethnic foods, Lebanese and Greek! Married to John, we have two sons who have kept me busy in the kitchen. Hence, my need for good, quick food. After taking a few cooking courses, I love the learning process with tips and recipes from friends and family members. I have contributed and help produce several cookbooks for volunteer organizations. My second love is gardening which plays into my love of cooking. Nothing is better than fresh herbs used in recipes. My favorite hobby is baking, and sampling the yummy treats, they go hand in hand. Which contributes to me still being an avid fast walker, love of the outdoors and gardening, and I still carry Sting-Kill with me everywhere!