Lemon Spice Bread

Lemon Spice Bread

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996

Fragrant freshly grated nutmeg infuses this lemon bread with flavor.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • Dough
  • 2¾-3¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest, (2 large lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon quick-rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅔ cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Topping
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


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  1. To make dough: Stir together 1 cup flour, ½ cup sugar, lemon zest, yeast, salt and ½ teaspoon nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Combine milk and oil in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until very warm, between 105°F and 115°F on an instant-read thermometer. Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Lightly whisk eggs in a small bowl; stir into the flour mixture. Stir in raisins and pecans. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, incorporating more flour as needed, until the dough is resilient but still sticky, about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it in 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-inch-long rope. Loosely braid the ropes, pinching the ends together firmly. Transfer the braid to the prepared baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until the dough feels relaxed and puffy, about 2 hours. (The bread will not be completely doubled in size, but will expand considerably during baking.)
  4. To make topping & bake bread: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly whisk egg white in a small bowl. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg in another small bowl. Brush the top of the risen bread generously with the egg white, then sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Bake until the bread is well-browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 193 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 90 mcg folate; 24 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 56 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 27 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 164 mg sodium; 126 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 1

April 20, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Fantastic Celebration Bread! We've been making this bread since it was first published and never tire of it. We typically include it in our Easter brunch and our friends and family look forward to it every year. Delicious on its own, doesn't need jam. honey or any thing else. Pros: unusual, delicious, a feature in a brunch, makes amazing french toast Cons: long prep time
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