Day 4. Sunshine. Lemon Bread.

This Sunshine Lemon Bread is the perfect treat, any season, for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a sweet gift to give to a friend or neighbor.


Autumn bathes us in the warmth of the glorious sunshine.

And don’t you just love bringing a little bit of sunshine to others?

That’s what my friend, Jenny, did a few weeks ago when she brought me a gift.

A darling kitchen towel wrapped around Meyer Lemons. With a very sweet (late) birthday wish.

I unwrapped the towel and saw the yummy recipe printed into the towel.

So one afternoon I juiced the lemons (and some oranges) and made the bread.

Four loaves … one for our neighbors on either side of our home. Two for our family. (This recipe makes 2 normal loaves.)

A little gift of sweet sunshine with a little bit of lemon.

All I can say is that it’s really fun to bless others with food, especially when they’re not expecting it.

There’s just something about Autumn that says share.

When’s the last time you thought about your neighbors and what you could bring them?

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Sunshine Lemon Bread

Sweet lemony bread to share with a neighbor or a friend. Makes 2 regular size loaves.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 2 regular loaves


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • GLAZE: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease and flour baking loaf pans.
  • Beat cake ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of loaf pan.
  • Remove loaves from oven; pierce cake with a fork, about every inch.
  • Blend glaze ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to boil; reduct heat and simmer 1 minute.
  • Spoon half of glaze over hot cake in pan.
  • Allow break loaves to stand 10 minutes; invert onto bread board or serving plate.
  • Slowly spoon remaining glaze over cake.

If you’re joining my 30 Days series, you may have missed these posts:

Day 1. Autumn.
Day 2. Health.
Day 3. Entertaining.

26 comments on “Day 4. Sunshine. Lemon Bread.”

  1. Sounds yummy. Does all the orange juice affect the lemon flavor of just help sweeten it? Just curious as to what it tastes like with more lemon juice & less orange juice.

  2. Yum! This sounds so amazing! 

  3. I was a bit confused about how many loaves this recipes makes, and I see in the original towel recipe that it indicates baking in a bundt pan (which I don’t own). I made this in two normal loaf pans and it’s just right. I added poppy seeds, vanilla extract, and dried Valencia orange peel. Delicious!

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  6. How sweet! I love that bread, so beautiful!

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  8. Just made this for my Ladies’ Bible Study tonight! YUM! Thanks!

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  10. Gorgeous Sandy! I love everything lemon!

  11. Mmm, that looks like sunshine for my belly!

  12. Looks so good Sandy.
    How cute that the recipe was on the tea towel.
    I love bread with a citrus glaze.

  13. I have this on our schedule to make tomorrow. I too would like to know what size pans you used. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  14. This is my kind of dessert! So sweet to make for neighbors, I’m sure it’s very appreciated!

  15. Quick question…..does this make four regular size loafs…..9×5? Looks yummy!

  16. so beautiful!! I adore Meyer lemons, I love that it’s almost the season for them. One of our neighbors has helped us out and let our dogs out when we can’t be home in time…the last time she did this, we brought home dog toys for her doggies too. :)

  17. oooh…it turned out lovely! Makes me wish I was one of your neighbors on either side of your home — not just for your yummy sunshine lemon cake, of course. ;)

  18. What a beautiful gift to receive, love the towel with the recipe! I love lemon bread – and LOVE the recipe’s name with “sunshine” in it. :) I haven’t shared any baked goods lately…still giving out fresh yum from the garden.

  19. Love this recipe and the story behind it…. and I suppose I also love the fact that it involves a gift of lemons. ;-)

  20. Oh goodness, I’m dying over here! I just love Meyer lemons. In fact, I bought a Meyer lemon tree a few months ago and I’m anxiously awaiting its first bloom.

  21. I want a slice right now! Lovely!

  22. Sounds wonderful! Now if we could all just find one of those towels to take with the lemon bread. :)

  23. Love the towel! I’m pinning it to remember it.

    My neighbours are avoiding me right now because I keep trying to give them excess tomatoes – lol.

  24. What a sweet birthday gift- I love the tea towel with the recipe on it! Your neighbors are blessed to have you living next door to them, Sandy! You are so thoughtful and sweet to share your lemon bread with them! :-)

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