Fragrant freshly grated nutmeg infuses this lemon bread with flavor.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996


Recipe Summary

3 hrs
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Instructions Checklist
  • To make dough: Stir together 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon zest, yeast, salt and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Combine milk and oil in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until very warm, between 105 degrees F and 115 degrees 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • To make topping & bake bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly whisk egg white in a small bowl. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/8 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 Facts

193 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 32.7g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 12.7g; fat 5.2g; saturated fat 0.6g; cholesterol 23.8mg; vitamin a iu 56.4IU; vitamin c 1.2mg; folate 90.3mcg; calcium 27.4mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 14.3mg; potassium 125.5mg; sodium 163.9mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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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 Read More