Yellow Squash Bread

Cyd Converse

This yellow squash bread recipe has a lovely lemon glaze and makes a wonderful treat for your coffee break or during afternoon tea.

Making yellow squash bread is a great way to use up yellow squash if you have had a bumper crop and are looking for new and interesting ways to prepare it! Squash is just perfect for making bread - it gives deliciously moist results that stay moist for longer. 

Quick breads are so much - er - quicker to make than regular bread, as they don't contain any yeast and don't need to prove. Whereas regular bread can take at least a couple of hours to prepare from start to finish, this quick bread is ready in just 80 minutes - and most of that is the cooking time!

Yellow Squash Bread Photo

Although the method in the recipe below looks quite long, it is much easier than it first appears. You can make the lemon glaze while the bread is baking in the oven, which means it will be ready to pour on as soon as the bread is cooked.

If you find that your quick bread starts looking too brown too soon (a common problem with quick breads), then there are steps you can take to stop the crust burning before the inside is cooked.

First, lower the heat of your oven by 25 def F, or move the bread down to the shelf below.

Yellow Squash Bread Image

Next, cover the top with a piece of foil or create a foil tent. This should protect it for the rest of the cooking time.

Be sure to check for doneness using a toothpick, as recommended in the recipe. Because quick bread tends to look golden brown quite quickly, it can be easy to think that it is fully cooked when it is actually still quite raw inside.

More quick bread recipes to try...

Sweet Potato Quick Bread

Quick Orange Cranberry Bread

Marbled Chocolate Orange Bread

Gluten Free Eggnog Bread


Yellow Squash Bread

    18 Servings


For the batter:
  • 2 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 8 ounces Butter, melted
  • 3 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 1/2 cups Yellow Squash
Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F. Grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. Drain the yellow squash in a colander over the sink.
  3. Thoroughly combine the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and melted butter in a bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs in one at a time and continue to beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the texture is light and fluffy.
  5. Take another bowl and whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients with the batter until only just combined.
  7. Thoroughly mix the drained squash into the batter, then divide the batter between the two pans.
  8. Bake for around 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean (start checking after it has baked for 45 mins). Whilst the bread is baking, start making the glaze.
  9. To make the glaze, heat 1 tablespoon of milk with the corn syrup in a small saucepan until it is almost simmering.
  10. Add the powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time. The texture should be thick but fluid.
  11. Set the glaze aside.
  12. Once the bread is cooked, place it - in its pan - on a wire rack.
  13. Brush on the lemon glaze immediately and stand for 10 minutes.
  14. Carefully run a knife around the edges of the bread and remove it from the pan. Return it to the wire rack and allow it to cool.
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 18
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 80 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 85
Calories 310

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 213mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 33g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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