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Slices of lemon-blueberry quick bread on a plate.

One-Bowl Lemon-Blueberry Quick Bread


Adapted ever so slightly from Jessie Sheehan’s wonderful Snackable Bakes

Changes I’ve made: 

  • Used blueberries in place of the blackberries. If you want to use blackberries, roughly chop them before adding them to the batter.
  • Upped the vanilla to 1 teaspoon vanilla from 3/4 teaspoon.
  • Used extra-virgin olive oil in place of the vegetable oil.
  • Upped the kosher salt to 1/2 teaspoon from 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Used sour cream in place of the yogurt: I’ve made this twice with yogurt and once with sour cream, and while all were delicious, I think the sour cream version may have been the best. Not sure I would be able to detect a difference in a blind taste test, but just noting this to say both ingredients work great. 

I use this 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan for this recipe.


  • softened butter for the pan
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (118 g) extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) sour cream or whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (195 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (222 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling


  1. Heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8 1/2 – x – 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (I love this one) with softened butter. Line with a sheet of parchment paper that extends up and over the long sides of the pan (like a cradle for your cake).
  2. Rub the lemon zest into the granulated sugar with your fingers in a large bowl until fragrant. Whisk in the oil and vanilla for 30 seconds. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and then the lemon juice and yogurt. Sprinkle the baking powder and salt into the bowl, one at a time, vigorously whisking after each. Gently fold in the flour just until a few streaks remain. The batter will be slightly lumpy. Fold in 1 cup (145 g) of the berries. 
  3. Scrape the batter into the pan, smooth the top, then arrange the remaining 1/2 cup (72 g) of berries over the top of the loaf, pressing down gently. Lightly sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, rotating at the halfway point. The cake is done when a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with a moist crumb or two. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edges, then lift the cake out by the parchment paper overhang and transfer to a rack. Let cool to room temperature before slicing and serving. Keep the cake, wrapped, on the counter for up to 3 days. 
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: olive oil, sour cream, lemon, blueberries, vanilla