Bursting with citrus flavor from both the extracts and grated peel, this citrus quick bread is soft, summery, and moist without being heavy.
I’m and will always be a chocolate girl at heart but come winter months, put some snow on the ground, freeze the lake and you got me craving all things citrus while being into a continuous state of summer daydreaming. Can you blame me? Just like my husband sometimes jokes that I was not born to be frugal, I can tell you I was not born to be in the cold.
So I bake citrus.all.the.things. I love Meyer Lemons and Blood Oranges this time of the year. Maybe because you can only get them for such a short period of time. But I also love a good pink Florida grapefruit.
Since I could not decide wat citrus to use in my quick bread I added a little bit of each. Lemons, lime, orange, grapefruit – an explosion of citrus flavor!!
This citrus quick bread – well it’s quick to make although it does take about 1 hour to bake. But that’s the norm with any quick bread.
It’s also soft, summery, and moist without being heavy. And since it uses all butter it’s not oily at all (like some citrus quick bread can be – I’m looking at you Starbucks lemon bread! ).
The bread itself is bursting with citrus flavor and the glaze on top boosts the citrus flavor. I used 2 teaspoons of lemon extract and 2 teaspoons of orange extract plus 3 tablespoons grated citrus peel – for me that was the perfect amount of citrus flavor. If you want just a lemon quick bread you can use all lemon. The same goes for orange bread. But I love the combination of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and lime. They all bring a little something to the bread making it simply perfect!
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