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The Best Blueberry Bread Recipe

The Best Blueberry Bread Recipe

This is the Best Blueberry Bread Recipe! This is one of our favorite recipes, as it is moist and easy to make. It’s full of flavor, bursting with blueberries!

3pm hits and I just get such a hankering for a sweet treat and a cup of coffee or cup of tea. There’s nothing better than a homemade baked good for an afternoon snack.

This Blueberry Bread is our current obsession, it really is one of my favorite things. You can make it with fresh or frozen blueberries, your choice. It’s such an easy bread recipe and even makes an easy dessert.

blueberry bread on a green plate

The best thing about breads like this Blueberry Bread recipe is that they can easily become a delicious breakfast or a quick snack. Some of my favorite types of bread include Banana bread, Cranberry Orange Bread, and this Apple Breakfast Loaf.

Like muffins, this blueberry bread is what is known as a quick bread recipe. We call them this because they are a type of bread that uses baking soda or baking powder to rise versus using yeast.

This easy blueberry bread recipe is SO similar to my blueberry muffin recipe. I love how easily muffins can become bread and vice versa! If you’d like to make a crumble topping for the top of the loaf, I highly recommend using the topping in my easy blueberry muffins.

There is no fancy equipment needed like a hand mixer or stand mixer to make this easy recipe for blueberry muffin bread.

Different Ways to Enjoy This Blueberry Bread Recipe: 

blueberry bread on a green plate

  • Add 2 tbsp lemon zest and 1/3 cup lemon juice to make a lemon blueberry bread recipe
  • Mash 2 large, ripe bananas and mix them in to make banana blueberry
  • Add 1/2 cup strawberries to make blueberry strawberry or any other fresh berries you might like.

A Note on the Basic Ingredients, for Best Results:

blueberry bread ingredients

Butter – Room temperature and softened, this will make your bread cake like! Cut butter into cubes, add to bowl with flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.

butter in flour
Eggs – Use room temperature eggs to help the batter mix more evenly.

eggs in a milk

Milk – You can thank milk for making this a moist quick bread! But if you’d like, you can swap it out for sour cream or greek yogurt.

Blueberries – Gently fold in juicy blueberries until evenly dispersed. This is the very last step! 

A note on the debate of fresh vs. frozen blueberries: 

Of course, fresh blueberries are always best. But, man blueberry season is short!!! At least here in New Jersey it is! . Fresh blueberries stay more intact throughout baking and will have more of a burst when you take a bite. 

Do I need to thaw the frozen blueberries then? No. Don’t thaw the blueberries. When you use frozen blueberries, they sort of melt in your recipe as they bake. 

Don’t let your access to fresh blueberries deter you from making this recipe. Frozen blueberries are picked right at the peak of their ripeness and have all of the flavor and nutrients you want. 

blueberries in batter

A note on the main ingredient: fresh vs. frozen blueberries

Of course, fresh blueberries are always best. But, man blueberry season is short!!! At least here in New Jersey it is! Fresh blueberries stay more intact throughout baking and will have more of a burst when you take a bite. 

Do I need to thaw the frozen blueberries then? No. Don’t thaw the blueberries. When you use frozen blueberries, they sort of melt in your recipe as they bake. 

Don’t let your access to fresh blueberries deter you from making this recipe. Frozen blueberries are picked right at the peak of their ripeness and have all of the flavor and nutrients like vitamin c you want. 

Directions for Making Blueberry Bread

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×5 Inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Be sure to get the bottom of the pan and both opposite sides.

In a large bowl mix together your dry ingredients: all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Cut butter into cubes, add to bowl with flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. 

In a medium bowl add the wet ingredients, beat together milk, eggs and vanilla extract. 

Stir egg mixture into flour mixture using a rubber spatula until moistened. 

Gently fold in blueberries until evenly dispersed. 

Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

Bake blueberry bread for a bake time of 60-80 minutes or until toothpick insert into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

If you’d like you can brush the top of the bread with some melted butter.

Allow your blueberry bread to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

blueberry bread in a loaf pan

How to Make a Delicious Lemon Glaze

In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice. Drizzle your glaze on top of the warm bread.

How to store your blueberry bread 

To keep your blueberry bread fresh and long lasting keep it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. 

How to freeze your blueberry bread

Wrap this blueberry bread recipe in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and then in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer. It will keep 2-3 months in the freezer. To dethaw, place on the counter or refrigerator.

blueberry bread on a green plate

blueberry bread on a green plate

When I use frozen blueberries, the bag is usually way bigger than the serving size I need. So if you find yourself looking for some more inspiration of what to make with your blueberries, be sure to check out my blueberry cheesecake bars or blueberry danish recipe.

What other blueberry recipes do you love?

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blueberry bread

The Best Blueberry Bread Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
This is the Best Blueberry Bread Recipe! This is one of our favorite recipes, as it is moist and easy to make. It's full of flavor, bursting with blueberries!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ Cup Blueberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x5 Inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Cut butter into cubes, add to bowl with flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.

In a medium size bowl beat together milk, eggs and vanilla.

Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until moistened.

Gently fold in blueberries until evenly dispersed.

Bake blueberry bread for 60-80 minutes or until toothpick insert into the center comes out clean

Allow your blueberry bread to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

A note on the debate of fresh vs. frozen blueberries: 

Of course, fresh blueberries are always best. But, man blueberry season is short!!! At least here in New Jersey it is! When you use frozen blueberries, they sort of melt in your recipe as they bake. Fresh blueberries stay more intact throughout baking and will have more of a burst when you take a bite. 

How to store your blueberry bread 

To keep your blueberry bread fresh and long lasting keep it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. 

How to freeze your blueberry bread

Wrap this blueberry bread recipe in plastic wrap and then in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer. It will keep 2-3 months in the freezer. To dethaw, place on the counter or refrigerator.

Variations of this best blueberry bread recipe:

  • Add 2 tbsp lemon zest and 1/3 cup lemon juice to make lemon blueberry
  • Mash 2 large, ripe bananas and mix them in to make banana blueberry
  • Add 1/2 cup strawberries to make blueberry strawberry

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Chey

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Is there a substitute for the butter?

momma lew

Friday 3rd of September 2021

You can do a quick google search to figure out the conversions, but typically applesauce, yogurt or mash bananas work well.

J

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I've tried several recipes from the top of the google search. Yours is the best! I suspect the small butter cubes suspended in the batter really pay off as the loaf bakes. Thank you! :-)

momma lew

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I love to hear this!!

Jim

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

I made this using 8 tbl spoons of butter and 3 cups of my homegrown blueberries. Baked for 70 minutes in a shiny metal loaf pan. Awesome!!

Jim

Monday 16th of August 2021

@momma lew, We have three high-bush blueberry plants. With all of the rain we got, I’ve got blueberries every day. I’ve made blueberry pancakes, muffins, a galette, a tart, a pie, and two blueberry loaves already. Yours is my favorite. I have to make another one today. My husband ate it all!

momma lew

Thursday 12th of August 2021

I am so jealous you were able to use your own blueberries!

Kasia

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi! How Big is a cup?

momma lew

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

About 4 oz of flour

Patti Bassell

Friday 9th of July 2021

I made the blueberry bread yesterday, unfortunately it was a little dry. I used fresh blueberries not frozen. Next maybe I will try frozen

momma lew

Friday 9th of July 2021

Hi Patti, A lot of times when it comes to moisture in a recipe a lot can impact it. For example: your altitude, the humidity or weather outside that day, the temperature your oven is calibrated at and more!

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