Sliced Lemon Cornbread on a plate.

Lemon Cornbread Loaf

Lemon Cornbread Loaf - soft and fluffy cornbread packed with lemon and baked in a loaf pan. Paired with your favorite fruit preserves it makes for a simple yet delicious treat! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 2022 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk minus 2 Tablespoons see note
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
US Customary - Metric


  1. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan. Dust with 1 tablespoon of cornmeal and 1 tablespoon of flour. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Place lemon juice in a measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup of liquid. Let sit for 2 minutes, until the milk sours.
  5. In a small measuring bowl, whisk egg, oil, lemon zest and the sour milk.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes OR until the toothpick inserted in few places in the bread comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely in the pan, remove and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use 1 cup of buttermilk in this recipe, however to add more lemon flavor - I used lemon juice and milk to make sour milk which works great as a homemade version of buttermilk.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cornbread Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2022 Calories from Fat 693
% Daily Value*
Fat 77g118%
Saturated Fat 52g325%
Cholesterol 188mg63%
Sodium 1313mg57%
Potassium 1836mg52%
Carbohydrates 296g99%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 82g91%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 635IU13%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 666mg67%
Iron 12mg67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.