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Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

This recipe of Old Fashioned Lemon Bread With Lemon Syrup carries a double dose of lemon. The finely grated lemon zest in the batter and lemon syrup poured over the bread after baking makes this one of the best lemon bread recipes I ever tried.

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup- sliced on a white platter

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

During the cold season, baking is one of the activities I do regularly. With the extreme temperatures we have, our bodies require fuel and warmth. 

Winter salads are good, but a big cup of coffee or a tea with a piece of some delicious lemon bread is all we sometimes need when the weather is bad, or the spirits are low.

I found this recipe an awesome one for the holidays because it makes a beautiful gift to family and friends. Wrapped in a cute box or bag, the bread looks luxurious and very festive.

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup wrapped in foil as a gift

I made candied lemon and orange slices and decorated the bread with them. This recipe works perfectly with orange flavor also.

Replace lemon zest with orange zest and make the syrup using orange juice instead of lemon.

Voila! Now you have one sweet bread in 2 flavors! What can be better than this?

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup slices- close up


This recipe is not mine, but I suggest you try it because this is what I did too. Martha is the best!  

Note to Martha’s recipe: After I finished simmering the slices of orange and lemon in the syrup, I allowed them to dry on a rack until the next day when I tossed them in granulated sugar for a more festive look.

The slices are even good to flavor a cup of tea if you have leftovers. I had some, so that was a bonus!

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup- close up of the loaf with  candied orange slices and cloves

One of my friends told me that it is the best lemon bread she ever had in her life, and she is 85 years old, so that IS something, right?

The bread is sweet, moist, and delicious, but the lemon syrup brings the flavors to a new level of awesomeness.

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup close up -slices of bread with candied lemons and pecans

I wish to tell you more about this bread, but I think you need to make it and convince yourself. Lemon bread is one of these things that everyone loves. 

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I used this awesome tool for squeezing lemons for this recipe. I like the tool because you can use it for lemons, limes, or even oranges, which are different sizes.

This recipe is easy to make and a keeper for many occasions.

As I said before, it makes a great gift, especially around the holidays, but even in the summer, served with some berries and whipped cream, for example, makes a great dessert.

old fashioned lemon bread with lemon syrup- featured picture

Happy baking, my friends, and see you soon!

If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy this collection of sweet breads.

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Yield: 8 servings

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread with Lemon Syrup

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Delicious lemon bread with lemon syrup perfect for any day of the year but can make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays. The lemon can be replaced with orange in both batter and syrup. Also, the pecans can be replaced with 2-3 tablespoons of poppy seeds.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup(1 stick/4 oz/113g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup(4oz/125g) powder sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups(5.5oz/155g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup(4fl oz/125ml) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest(you can replace it with orange zest)
  • Optional:
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds OR
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • For the lemon syrup:(or the orange syrup):
  • 1/4 cup(50 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice(or orange juice)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat until blended.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl, stir and toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add to the butter mixture, along with the milk and lemon(or orange zest), and beat until blended and smooth.
  6. Optionally, stir in the pecans or the poppy seeds.
  7. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  8. Bake until a thin skewer inserted in the loaf center comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.
  9. While the bread bakes, make the lemon(or orange) syrup by combining the sugar and lemon/orange juice in a small pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  10. Remove the bread from the oven and, using a fork, gently poke the top in several places. Stir the syrup, then slowly drizzle it over the hot bread.
  11. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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