Classic zucchini bread is made a little more bright and delicious with a pop of citrus flavor in this Lemon Zucchini Bread. Don’t forget the easy glaze for that extra hit of lemon flavor and sweetness!
This whole staying at home situation has basically turned me into a small scale farmer and sourdough bread baker.
I have mentioned numerous times that I can barely keep air plants and succulents alive. Needless to say, gardening is most definitely not my forte.
However, this summer I’ve had all the time in the world to tend to my little garden and I’m proud to say that I’ve only lost one tomato plant and some cilantro. Guys, this is a pretty big deal considering I have a history of killing mint.
I honestly don’t even like tomatoes, but my local greenhouse had some container tomatoes that caught my eye, so I figured I’d give them a go and just load my tomato-loving dad all summer long.
Since I know I can actually keep things alive, I’ve got big plans for next season including cucumbers, more herbs and zucchini.
GLAZED LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD
I’ve gotta confess that I’m not the biggest fan of zucchini on its own. It just doesn’t have that much flavor to me.
But in baked goods? I adore it.
Not just because butter and sugar make everything better, but because the kind of neutral flavor makes it perfect for adding to all sorts of desserts and even breakfasts.
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Lemon Zucchini Cake, Zucchini Cookies, and Zucchini Bread Pancakes are all excellent ways to use up any excess zucchini this summer.
This glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread is equally great.
This quick bread isn’t your typical zucchini bread – it’s loaded with lemon zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. It’s perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack with a cup of coffee
HOW TO MAKE LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD
Just like most quick breads, Lemon Zucchini Bread is easy to make and doesn’t dirty up a lot of bowls in the process.
The first step to making this recipe is to rub the lemon zest into the granulated sugar with your fingertips.
This might seem like an unnecessary step, but I promise you it isn’t. Taking the time to do this really brings out the oils in the zest and makes it more fragrant.
After that, the recipe is pretty much a straightforward quick bread:
- Whisk together the wet ingredients, including the zucchini
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture
- Pour into a 8×4-inch loaf pan and bake
Once the bread is baked and has cooled, whisk together the glaze and drizzle it over the top of the bread. The glaze will harden and add a lovely texture and flavor to the bread.
HOW TO STORE ZUCCHINI BREAD
Because the zucchini in this recipe makes the bread pretty moist, I recommend storing the Lemon Zucchini Bread in the refrigerator.
Just wrap it tightly in foil or put it in an airtight container and it will stay good in the fridge for about 3 days.
You can also freeze this zucchini bread if you want to keep it for longer. You can either freeze the loaf whole, or cut it into thick slices and freeze those individually.
Wrap the whole loaf or the individual slices in foil and place them in a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
If you freeze the loaf whole, move the bread to the fridge to thaw overnight before serving.
If you freeze individual slices, you can unwrap the slices as you want them and microwave them for 30-60 seconds to thaw.
Saturday 8th of January 2022
My go to recipe for Zucchini bread. I make a double batch and give one to my elderly Mom. She Loves it. Thank you
Monday 17th of January 2022
So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping back and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Tuesday 25th of August 2020
This was my first-time ever making zucchini bread, and this recipe did not disappoint! My partner and I are both big lemon lovers, so I added an extra half tablespoon of zest to the batter and it was glorious. He told me it was the best zucchini bread he'd ever had, and I'm on the same page! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I'm going to continue to bake more loaves with the ridiculous amount of zucchini my stepdad gave me from his garden.
Monday 31st of August 2020
So happy to hear you enjoyed the bread, Emily! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Thursday 23rd of July 2020
Beautiful recipe and easy to follow. Thank you
Monday 27th of July 2020
So happy to hear you enjoyed the bread, Emmah! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Tuesday 21st of July 2020
Can your Lemon Zucchini bread be made with grated frozen zucchini?
Wednesday 14th of July 2021
@Jamie, I have not tried THIS recipe with frozen zucchini, but a trick that works for other recipes is to freeze shredded zucchini in proper proportions with the oil for a specified recipe.
Monday 27th of July 2020
Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with frozen zucchini, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie
Friday 20th of September 2019
Can I replace the vegetable oil with apple sauce?
Sunday 6th of October 2019
Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie