Blackberry Lemon Bread

Published Date: September 6, 2021

This incredibly moist, sweet, and citrusy Blackberry Lemon Bread is the perfect treat to enjoy any time of the day! It is perfect with your morning coffee, an afternoon cup of tea, or even as a sweet nibble to appease your midnight cravings! A quick bread recipe that is ready to bake in just 15 minutes!   

Blackberry Lemon Bread loaf cut into slices and glazed on a white cutting board and surrounded by fresh blackberries and lemons.

Delicious Blackberry Lemon Loaf Bread

A visit to the farmer’s market ended up with me having a bunch of late summer and early autumn harvests. The pumpkins are gorgeous and are perfect for making some Pumpkin Fluff. I also came across freshly plucked, plump, and juicy blackberries! Aside from using it to make Fluffy Pancakes, I also have the perfect quick bread recipe to use some of them for — Blackberry Lemon Bread!

Who would not love a slice of this berry-speckled loaf bread infused with fresh lemon zest and aromatic vanilla extract? I, for one, cannot resist them, especially served with a luscious lemon glaze! It’s one of my absolute favorite baked recipes. It is a great snack that can be enjoyed any time of year but especially around blackberry season.

A Quick Bread Recipe

This recipe fits my criteria for quick and easy, mom hack-y recipes! It’s a no-yeast, no-knead kind of bread that is ready to go in the oven after a few minutes of mixing and folding. The most challenging part in making it is waiting for it to bake. The heavenly aroma wafting from our kitchen produced a series of stomach grumbles for sure, including my baby’s cute one!

mouth-watering slices of lemon blackberry bread showing the inside of the loaf.

Why this Recipe Works

  • This Blackberry Lemon bread is a novice-friendly recipe that everyone can easily make and be proud of.
  • A great way to perk up simple bread into a fruity cake-like treat that can be enjoyed anytime.
  • It uses fresh and simple ingredients that can be adjusted and swapped to your liking.

Ingredients Needed

To make the bread

  • All-purpose flour (plus 2 teaspoons to toss with blackberries)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Zest
  • Eggs, at room temperature
  • Salted butter, melted
  • Sour cream, at room temperature
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Blackberries, fresh

To make the Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice, fresh
  • Lemon zest
  • Salted butter
Labeled ingredients used to make blackberry lemon bread laid out on a marble counter top.

Kitchen Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Loaf pan
  • Glass mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Lemon zester
  • Lemon juicer
  • Spatula
  • Standing mixer
  • Wire rack

Step by Step Instructions to make Blackberry Lemon Loaf Bread

Preparations:

  • Spray or grease an 8.5-inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • Gently wash the blackberries in running water and pat them dry using paper towels.
  • Make sure to have a microwave-safe bowl to use in making the glaze

Make the Bread:

Step 1: Using a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt until well incorporated. Then, set aside.

Step 2: Pulse the sugar and fresh lemon zest together in a food processor to make lemon sugar.  

Step 3: In a separate bowl, add the eggs, lemon sugar, sour cream, melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk until the sugar crystals have melted.

Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend everything together. You can use an electric mixer or a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Remember, use low speed only to prevent from over mixing the batter. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl not to miss any pockets of flour.

Step 5: Toss the fresh blackberries in 2 teaspoons of flour then gently fold them into the batter.

Step 6: Transfer the batter into your prepared greased baking loaf pan.

Step 7: Place the loaf on the middle rack and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees (45 minutes if using a convection setting), then transfer the hot loaf to a cooling rack. You can use a toothpick as a cake tester to check the doneness.

Step 8: While the bread is baking, place all the glaze ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat until the butter is melted. Then whisk everything together well. The glaze should be thin enough to pour but not watery. Once the bread is done, let it cool completely before drizzling the glaze on top.

Make the Glaze:

  1. While the bread is baking, place all the glaze ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat until the butter is melted. Then whisk everything together well. The glaze should be thin enough to pour but not watery.
  2. Once the bread is done, let it cool completely before drizzling the glaze on top.

Expert Tips when Making Blackberry Lemon Bread

  • All the ingredients should be at room temperature for easier mixing. So make sure to pull them out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking time.
  • To get the most juice out of your lemon, make sure it is at room temperature. Or, you may microwave it for 30 seconds if it is cold. Then roll the lemon on your countertop a few times. Press fairly hard. This should help you extract as much juice as possible.  
  • Tossing the blackberries in flour keeps the juices from making the bread soggy during baking, so don’t skip this step.
  • For best results, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off with a knife.
  • Do not over mix the batter or it will make the bread dense instead of fluffy. Just mix until everything is blended well.
  • Once the batter is on the pan, tap it on the counter surface a few times to release the air bubbles trapped inside.
  • The Blackberry lemon bread is done when the top turns golden and a slight dome on the loaf has formed. To be certain, you can insert a toothpick on the center of the bread. If it comes out clean and slightly dry, your bread is ready.
  • Once the top is getting too brown but the bread needs more time in the oven, place an aluminum foil on top of the bread.
  • If the glaze is too thick, add more lemon juice. On the other hand, if it is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar.
  • Make sure that the bread has completely cooled down before drizzling the glaze over it. If you do it while it is still warm, the glaze will melt into the cake and soak it.
Glaze being drizzled over a lemon blackberry loaf of bread.

Variations To Try!

This Blackberry lemon bread recipe is super customizable and adaptable too! Here are some ways to help you change things up as you make this recipe again and again and again!

  • Make some yummy Blackberry Lemon Muffins instead! All you need is to swap the loaf pan to a muffin pan. These are perfect for potlucks, picnics, and on-the-go treats! This recipe should make 12-14 muffins. Fill the cupcake liners to the top and bake at 425 degrees for the first 5 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for about 15 more minutes. Starting with the high heat helps the muffins to rise more.
  • In case you cannot find blackberries, do not fret! Fresh blueberries, wild blueberries, or even frozen blueberries work well in this recipe. Just make sure to pat dry any excess moisture if you use thawed berries.
  • Add some nuts into the mix to give it some crunch! Almond flakes or walnuts will do!
  •  If you like a less tarty glaze, you can forgo the lemon juice and use heavy cream or other fruit juices instead. Some people even like to add in a bit of seedless blackberry jam to sweeten up the glaze!

Storing Leftover Blackberry Lemon Bread

Once the blackberry lemon loaf has completely cooled down, cover it with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. It can be kept for up to 4 days at room temperature, longer if kept in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 4 months.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I don’t have sour cream – is there a substitute?

A great substitute would be 1 cup of full-fat greek yogurt. If you don’t have this, you could substitute 1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup of whole milk.  

Can I use unsalted butter?

Sure, just add a pinch of salt to the unsalted butter.

Is there a substitute for the butter?

Coconut oil is a great option!

Could I use frozen rather than fresh berries?

Absolutely. Just allow them to thaw for about 30 minutes on paper towels, to absorb juice, before adding them to the batter.

If I’d like to make 2 loaves, can I just double this recipe?

 Yes, that works well, and someone would love to receive this as a gift!

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Slices of blackberry lemon bread drizzled with icing.

Blackberry Lemon Bread

This incredibly moist, sweet, and citrusy Blackberry Lemon Bread is the perfect treat to enjoy any time of the day! It is perfect with your morning coffee, an afternoon cup of tea, or even as a sweet nibble to appease your midnight cravings! A quick bread recipe that is ready to bake in just 15 minutes!   
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blackberry Bread, Blackberry Lemon Bread, Blackberry Lemon Loaf, Blackberry Lemon Loaf bread, Blackberry Lemon Loaf Cake, Blackberry Lemon Muffins, Lemon Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 3299kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 teaspoons to toss with blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest Meyer Lemon
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup salted butter melted
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice you can substitute heavy cream for a less tart glaze
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blackberries fresh

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 whole lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter

Instructions

  • Spray or grease an 8.5-inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour (when measuring the flour-spoon into the measuring cup and level off with a knife), baking powder, and salt. Then, set this aside.
  • Place the sugar and fresh lemon zest into a food processor to make lemon sugar. (Pulse it together until it is blended together.)
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, lemon sugar (that you blended in the food processor), sour cream, melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients. If you are using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment. (An electric mixer also works well.) It is best to use low speed. Do not overmix or your loaf will be dense instead of light.
  • Toss the blackberries with 2 teaspoons of flour. Then gently fold them into the batter.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake the loaf on the middle rack at 350 degrees for 50 minutes (45 minutes if using a convection setting). There should be a slight dome on the loaf and a toothpick/cake tester inserted should come out clean. Add 5 more minutes if needed. If the top is getting too brown, cover it with tin foil.
  • While the lemon loaf is baking, make the glaze. Stir powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a large measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl. Add lemon zest and butter. Microwave until butter is melted. Then whisk together well. If the glaze is too thick, add lemon juice. If it is too thin, add confectioners sugar.
  • Cool for at least 10 minutes in the pan. Then remove to a cooling rack. Drizzle glaze over the top of the bread.

Notes

STORAGE NOTES:
Once the blackberry lemon loaf has completely cooled down, cover it with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. It can be kept for up to 4 days at room temperature, longer if kept in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 4 months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I don’t have sour cream – is there a substitute?
A great substitute would be 1 cup of full-fat greek yogurt. If you don’t have this, you could substitute 1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup of whole milk.  
Can I use unsalted butter?
Sure, just add a pinch of salt to the unsalted butter.
Is there a substitute for the butter?
Coconut oil is a great option!
Could I use frozen rather than fresh berries?
Absolutely. Just allow them to thaw for about 30 minutes on paper towels, to absorb the excess juice, before adding them to the batter.
If I’d like to make 2 loaves, can I just double this recipe?
 Yes, that works well, and someone would love to receive this as a gift!

Nutrition

Calories: 3299kcal | Carbohydrates: 445g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 158g | Saturated Fat: 92g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 42g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 932mg | Sodium: 2840mg | Potassium: 1023mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 334g | Vitamin A: 5522IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 686mg | Iron: 10mg
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  2. 5 stars
    This bread is so perfect right now! With this cool weather I am craving the bright tastes of summer so bad! And blackberries are amazingly on sale right now! Yay! This bread tastes so good! Is it breakfast or dessert? Lol… both!!

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