Appalachian Food

Sweet Loaf Pan Breads

Easy recipe for lemon bread

A couple of years ago I got on a real kick of making sweet breads in a loaf pan. I had just changed jobs and for the first time in many years I found myself eating dinner at home each day because I lived much closer to where I worked and I got a longer lunch break.

I think my habit got started with my usual holiday baking of Christmas Bread. From there I made all the sweet breads I was familiar with and a few that were totally new to me.

Over the weekend I wanted to make something quick for dessert and decided to make a loaf of Lemon Bread. The recipe was one of the ones I tried during my streak of eating sweet bread every day. It’s much more like a lemon cake than bread, but it’s tasty and easy to whip up.

Here’s some of my other favorite loaf pan sweet bread recipes.

If you’ve got a favorite sweet bread recipe please share it.


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    Linda Hanna
    February 18, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    I like to use 3 2-cup bread pans instead of 1 loaf pan since it’s just my husband and I. We can’t have that much temptation near us and the smaller loaves allows some portion control. I can put the other 2 in the freezer and pull out when we’re looking for a sweet treat.

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    Barbara Parker
    February 16, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Tipper, I want to start baking more loafs of sweet breads. Mama used to make sweet bread with flour, egg, vanilla flavoring, and I don’t know what else? It sure was good to come home from school and be surprised with sweet bread. She also made the syrup sweet bread too but I liked the vanilla flavored one the best. Tomorrow I hope to bake a black walnut cake and make 7 minute fluffy icing for it and have big walnut halves all through the cake and all over the icing. That’s one of our Appalachian traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sad to say I didn’t make one for either occasion last year and we have sure missed it. Tomorrow is another day and close enough to Valentines Day to be special anyway. Our family loves my black walnut cakes and I do too. I’ll be taking slices of it to church tomorrow night too since a dear friend cracked all the walnuts and shelled them for me. The cake always turns out just right! I can almost taste it now!

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    February 15, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    My Dad – and a friendly fat Raccoon – would pick lots of the wild, smaller Persimmons that also grow here in Eastern Oklahoma. He’d show us kids the INSIDE of the seeds had a light membrane in the shape of a spoon or fork. Truth. At least to our young eyes. We’d eat the [ripe] fruit and carefully open the seeds, trying to find a ‘knife’ to complete the set. Love your posts!

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    Dennis M Morgan
    February 15, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Looking at all this food and hearing you talk about it makes me hungry!

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    February 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    My favorite sweet bread is banana bread. I always have a bunch of ripened bananas in the kitchen and when I get the craving I start baking. My whole family loves it, especially when it comes out of the oven. We even spread some cream cheese on it and have it with coffee. Yummy, that’s what I call good eating.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 15, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Tipper, they all sound divine! I cannot imagine that any one could be any better than the others. So, I’m thinking you should make them all, regularly!

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      Buz Salmon
      February 17, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      I can’t come to visit any of Tipper’s work without becoming hungry! And I have been meaning to say what lovely grandchildren you have too. They are beautiful in every way.

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    Sharon Cole
    February 15, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I also like sweet breads, especially with a cup
    of hot tea. I like all the ones you mentioned!!! Take care and God bless ❤️

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    Tammye R.
    February 15, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Well I’ll have to make them all cause I can’t choose! Tipper do you have a favorite of the ones you listed? And I loved the resent video of granny she said she had make herself a jacket I’d would love to see it, I love to see her crochet projects. ❤️

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      February 16, 2022 at 10:21 am

      Tammye- I like them all 🙂 but honey nut and apple bread are especially good.

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    February 15, 2022 at 10:09 am

    That list of sweet breads brought back memories of molasses sweet bread. I haven’t had any in many a year. That was sorghum molasses and not blackstrap molasses.

    My wife has made several of these fruit breads except the strawberry and one time she made pawpaw bread. I like pawpaws but didn’t like the bread.

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    February 15, 2022 at 9:23 am

    All the recipes look good to me. I’ll have to try the cranberry fruit bread. I bake more during cold weather than during the summer months, but last year I had a huge harvest of yellow squash and had to find a recipe my hubby would actually eat squash in. He’s not a fan of any type of squash. I found and baked this recipe from Cook Clean Eat called Lemon Summer Squash Bread and it is delicious. The best part is my hubby will eat it! Here is the link. I’m hoping it works right, if not then just Google Lemon Summer Squash Bread, there are a lot of recipes like this. Here is the link to the recipe print page I use so you can see the recipe better.

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    February 15, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Banana bread with lots of nuts is a favorite at my house. I made molasses bread last week and substituted fresh sorghum. It was okay, but is not a recipe I will be using again. Your loaf of bread looks delicious. I can’t wait to make one.

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    Margie G
    February 15, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I can honestly say one will not find Tipper LOAFing about unless it’s baking all sorts of tastefully tempting sweet breads! Of all the ones you named, the molasses sounds the most intriguing to me. And your picture of your pretty lemon bread/ cake loaf is nice to look at too! Persimmon sweet bread sounds really southern but I’m sorry to say I never ate one. Yum and many thanks for all these ideas!!! I bet your house smelled like a little bit of heaven! Baking smells wonderful to me!!!

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    February 15, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I’ll have to make this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Edward Karshner
    February 15, 2022 at 7:36 am

    I have to admit that the lack of sweet bread is one of the things I miss the most about not being at home.

    That cranberry fruit bread would hit the spot about now!

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    Martha Justice
    February 15, 2022 at 7:02 am

    These all sound delicious

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    Kelley Wright
    February 15, 2022 at 6:18 am

    Every summer I make lots of zucchini bread and freeze it. The recipe I have makes two loaves so I like to share with neighbors. My favorite breakfast in the summer is a slice of warm bread and fresh cantaloupe!

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    donna sue
    February 15, 2022 at 5:52 am

    I like having a sweet bread with breakfast. Banana bread is a favorite, but I like so many other ones, too. Your list of recipes given in this post sound so yummy! I will be trying them all! Have you ever looked at all your shelves of cookbooks and wondered how you are ever going to get every single recipe made in your lifetime? I try to remind myself of that when I see another cookbook in an antique or thrift store, etc., and it is calling my name to buy it and take it home. But that doesn’t stop me from adding one more old cookbook to my collection! I think I like reading the old recipes, and the whole cookbook for that matter, as much as I like making the recipes up and eating them. You have now put me in a baking mood first thing this morning!

    Donna. : )

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    February 15, 2022 at 5:48 am

    This lemon bread (cake) looks delicious and it’s my favorite flavor. All the rest you posted also look delicious Tipper. It’s going to take me a little while to get through them! Thank you.

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