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Citrus Thyme Bread

Citrus thyme bread is a fresh twist on a classic sweet bread. Quick to make, it’s worth every minute of baking time! Packed with citrus flavor, customize it to your taste.

Three slices of citrus thyme bread next to a sliced loaf of bread with a lemon.

Are you ever in the mood for a treat, but not cake or cookies? What? You don’t think about the desserts you eat that much? Oh, well, I do. Ha! When I am feeling that way, I love to make dessert bread. They are a little lighter {I mean, for a dessert} and they always hit the spot.

Close-up of thyme, lemons, and an orange.

The stars of the show in this citrus thyme bread: oranges, lemons, and thyme! I promise, this recipe is life changing. I think I say that a lot. I’m not sorry. 🙂 I adapted this recipe slightly from one of my favorite Taste of Home recipes, Lemon Thyme Bread.

Pouring sugar into a bowl with a sick of butter for citrus thyme bread.

This citrus thyme bread is one of my favorite dessert breads to make, probably because it uses fresh thyme from my garden!

If you don’t have fresh, you can of course use dried and it will also be delicious. But probably not as delicious as it would be if you used fresh. Because fresh herbs are just heavenly.

Anyways.

Beaters whipping butter and sugar together for citrus thyme bread.

This citrus thyme bread starts pretty basic, cream butter and sugar together for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Don’t skip this step! It’s important for the texture of the bread.

Creamed butter and sugar for citrus thyme bread.

This is what creamed butter and sugar should look like 🙂 

An egg in a bowl of creamed citrus thyme bread.

Next, add an egg and cream it again for a few minutes! It should be ultra light and fluffy now.

Creamed butter, sugar, and an egg for citrus thyme bread.

LIKE THIS!

Citrus zest and thyme in bowl of creamed butter, sugar, and egg.

Next, you add the zest and thyme. Use any combination of zest you like, or just one kind! It doesn’t matter – citrus thyme bread is always delicious.  I’ve never tried lime….let me know if you take on this experiment :).

Pouring yogurt into the bowl with other ingredients.

The recipe calls for Greek yogurt, you can use regular yogurt or even sour cream if you want. I just happened to have greek in the fridge when I made it this last time.

Dry ingredients being poured into a bowl of creamed ingredients.

Next, come the dry ingredients, this is where you want to be sure NOT to overmix. Mix the dry ingredients in until they are just combined.

Mixed batter for citrus thyme bread.

It will be a thick batter, like this picture shows. 

Batter poured into a baking dish for citrus thyme bread.

Spread it in a loaf pan, I used a standard size {9×5 inches} but you can use two smaller ones as well.

Front view of sliced citrus thyme bread.

YUMMY!! This citrus thyme bread is so amazing, I almost can’t handle it. I love making mini loaves and delivering them as gifts! It’s the perfect amount of sweet and fresh.

Looking for another delicious quick bread? Check out my chocolate chip banana bread recipe!

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Citrus Thyme Bread

Citrus thyme bread is a fresh twist on a classic sweet bread. Quick to make, it's worth every minute of baking time!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk less 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon citrus juice lemon or orange
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme chopped , 1 tablespoon if using dried
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Cream butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes. 

  3. Add the egg and cream for an additional 1-2 minutes. 

  4. Add milk, citrus juice, and yogurt and whisk until well combined. 

  5. In another bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, thyme, and zest.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just barely combined, do not overmix. 

  7. Pour into one greased loaf pan (see note) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs on it.

Recipe Notes

I use one regular sized (9x5 inches) loaf pan, but you could easily use two smaller or three mini loaf pans, just alter the baking time accordingly. 

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Thyme Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 176mg 7%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.8%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

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    Alli
    January 4, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    One of my favorite quick breads!

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