Tart Lemon Bread Recipe

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years.    I’m not a huge fan of super sweet desserts.  Sometimes I want a treat with my evening cup of tea but I don’t want something overly sweet.  This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is the perfect solution for times like that.   The tartness of the lemons really shines through but it is tempered with a bit of sweetness too.  Because this Tart Lemon Bread is so moist, you can easily make it the day before you want to serve it and wrap it in tin foil until company arrives.  I love it when I can make recipes ahead of time to save on last minute preparation.

Tart lemon bread recipe

Tart Lemon Bread Recipe

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Tart Lemon Bread Recipe
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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Syrup:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • juice from one lemon (make sure no seeds)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add in eggs, evaporated milk, and olive oil.
  4. Stir until mixed.
  5. Spray an 8x4 bread pan with Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil Spray.
  6. Pour batter into pan.
  7. Bake 60 minutes and test by inserting knife into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.
  8. minutes before it's done, heat sugar and lemon juice in heavy duty pan. Cook over medium low, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and it is a light syrup.
  9. Using the knife, poke holes in the top of the bread while it's still hot.
  10. Pour the syrup over the top of the bread. Cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Run a knife around the sides and remove from pan.
  12. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap in tin foil until ready to serve.
Recipe Type: Dessert

Tart Lemon Bread Recipe

Tart lemon bread recipe

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  1. This sounds perfect! I've never used evaporated milk in a quick bread before though.... does it just add more moistness to the bread?
  2. Oh my! You just made me hungry! That looks delicious! 
  3. LOOK AT ME ALL "I have a lemon tree in the backyard!!!!"
  4. That is such a different and delicious sounding bread. I never would have thought to make lemon bread. YUM! Enjoy a piece for me. 
  5. I love the way the top looks. Lemon is so good in bread.
  6. I really like tart foods. I think this bread sounds different and tasty.
  7. oh that looks amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!
  8. You're really tempting me with this recipe, Ellen. Lemon baked into anything is one of my favorite things!
  9. This sounds so yummy!!  We eat lots of lemon type foods in my home  I never thought to make  a lemon bread :)  Thank you for sharing it!
  10. I've never thought of making lemon bread. I always make lemon muffins, though. I am going to have to pin this to try it!
  11. Grapeseed oil on my list.  I can't wait to give it a try. 
  12. I am a fan of tart desserts too, especially lemon. This looks delicious!
  13. My mouth is watering! That looks so moist and delicious!
  14. I love this recipe! I'm really into lemon lately.
  15. looks delicious! I love the flavor of lemon in just about everything
  16. Another delicious recipe. My significant other loves lemon, I think I'll try this for him.
  17. This sounds delicious. I love lemon bread!
  18. YUM! I love lemon bread!!! So tasty!
  19. I really love lemon everything, and the way the top looks is especially delicious!
  20. This sounds delicious. I love the fresh taste of lemon. I will have to try this oil, too!
  21. This looks delicious.  I love lemon flavored things, such a refreshing flavor.
  22. I love lemon bread. I was just thinking about making some today.
  23. The loaf came out of the pan very easily, but I had to turn it over on a plate to get it out, of course.  Next time I think I'll try lining the pan with a piece of parchment paper large enough to use as "handles" to lift the loaf out.

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