Three slices of citrus thyme bread next to a sliced loaf of bread with a lemon.
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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
Keyword lemon bread, thyme bread
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 202kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley



  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Cream butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add the egg and cream for an additional 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add milk, citrus juice, and yogurt and whisk until well combined. 
  • In another bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, thyme, and zest.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just barely combined, do not overmix. 
  • 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.


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. 


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.1mg