Pecan Lemon Loaf

This Pecan Lemon Loaf is a quick bread recipe made with toasted pecans, then soaked in a lemony glaze while cooling. The bread is also flavored with lemon zest and lemon extract because I believe you can never have too much lemony zing.

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Pecan Lemon Loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and lemon extract. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecans and lemon zest. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Make the glaze by combining the lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; pour over warm bread. Cool completely on wire rack before removing from pan. Makes one loaf.

Although this bread has lemon zest and lemon juice for the zesty taste, a little lemon extract boosts the wow factor.

Make a glaze to pour over the warm bread by cooking the lemon juice and sugar together.

The only thing I can think of to change about this recipe is that it would be better if it were doubled so there would be an extra loaf of this wonderful Pecan Lemon Bread to give to a friend!


  1. This sounds really good! I think it's time to make something lemony:@)

  2. Mmmmm this would be perfect with a cup of tea. I love your photos of the bread, too, Anita!

  3. Yum, this looks and sounds really good! I LOVE pecans and lemons!

  4. This bread looks so moist! I love that there is sour cream in the recipe, and that glaze looks yummy!! I always have enjoyed making homemade breads. :)

  5. This looks and sounds fantastic! I love both lemons and pecans...

  6. Looks wonderful I'll send my address and you can always mail your extra goodies to me. Nice post Andi

  7. This looks wonderful--I love lemons and pecans. Maybe I'll make it right now.

  8. Yum. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.

  9. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh Anita - that bread looks divine. I love all the flavors in it. I'm having a giveaway and would love for you to come over and check it out. =) http://www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-giveaway-celebrating-5000-facebook.html

  11. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen