Lemon-Blueberry Yeast Bread


This beautiful yeast bread took second place at the state fair. Featuring dried blueberries, lemon, and cardamom, it is unique and delicious. Try it and see!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
3 baguettes



  • 2 ¾ cups bread flour

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • cooking spray

  • ½ cup dried blueberries

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

  • 2 teaspoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Lemon Glaze:

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Combine flour, yeast, and cardamom in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Combine 3/4 cup milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a small saucepan and heat to 115 to 120 degrees F (46 to 48 degrees C). Pour into flour mixture and beat using an electric mixer until just moistened. Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in enough additional flour to form a soft, sticky dough.

  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning dough once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Combine blueberries, lemon zest, and lemon extract in a small bowl. Set aside.

  5. Punch risen dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead fruit mixture into the dough. Divide dough into thirds. Roll each portion into a 16-inch long rope. Place ropes on a 15x10-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Lightly brush ropes with 2 teaspoons milk and sprinkle with almonds.

  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 30 minutes.

  8. Combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a bowl for glaze; drizzle over cooled bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
6g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 105mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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