Summer Delight: Lemon-Walnut Bread

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I developed this recipe for Lemon-Walnut Bread for National Dairy Month, and it’s wonderful! It’s better than any quick-bread I have ever tasted, and the combination of mascarpone, cream cheese and lemon create wonderful flavor and moist texture. When we tested this recipe, we could not stop eating it-just wait until you try it.

Lemon-Walnut Bread

Cook Time:

45 minutes

Prep Times:

25 minutes

Yield:

Makes 2 large loaves or 4 mini loaves

Ingredients:

1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 ounce mascarpone cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
11/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
21/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation:

1. Beat cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and butter at medium speed of a electric mixer until soft and creamy; gradually add 11/4 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to cream cheese mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition; stir in walnuts.

3. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 81/2- x 41/2- x 3-inch loaf pans or 4 (5- x 3-inch mini loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

4. Combine powdered sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice, stirring until smooth; drizzle slowly over hot loaves. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

4 thoughts on “Summer Delight: Lemon-Walnut Bread”

  1. I am not familar with mascarpone cheese. Is there a subsitute and where might I find this item? I am in Tuscaloosa, Al

    1. I’m sure you can find mascarpone in the “better” cheese section of your local grocery. It’s a soft Italian spreadable cheese similar to cream cheese but with a sweetness to it. If you can’t, you can substitute cream cheese and use all cream cheese, and it will come out great too.

  2. I made this last night and it is awesome!! A wonderful light taste of summer. It will be a staple in our house. Thank you!!

  3. This sounds delicious. I always prefer to make breads in my bread machine, but this sounds more like putting together a cake. As long as there’s no kneading, I’m happy!

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