One of my friends brought me a loaf of this lemon poppy seed sweet bread when I got home from the hospital with my first newborn. I can honestly admit that I devoured the entire loaf by myself and I didn’t even feel bad about it! (I blamed it on the fact that I was extra hungry from nursing my baby boy :-).
It tasted SO good, and now it’s one of those foods that always brings back the best memories of those first few days with a new baby.
The original recipe is from here, but my friend had omitted some unnecessary ingredients and added a lemon flavor. This new version is terrific!
How to make Lemon Poppy Seed Bread:
Mix The dry and wet ingredients together in separate bowls. Then gently stir them together, just until combined.
Pour the batter into two 9 inch loaf pans that have been lined with wax paper or parchment paper, and the sides of the pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before inverting the loaves onto a wire cooling rack.
Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, lemon and orange juice, and vanilla. Drizzle the glaze over the warm bread.
This recipe makes 2 loaves, so it’s perfect for sharing with a friend, just as mine did with me. You could also freeze the other loaf in a freezer ziplock bag. Allow the bread to come to room temperature before cutting.
Consider trying these popular bakery treats:
- Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Apple Coffee Cake
- Peach Scones
- Broccoli Cheese Quiche
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Lemon Zucchini Bread
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with a sweet lemon orange glaze is one of my favorite easy quick bread recipes.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest (grated lemon peel)
- 1 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Line the bottom of two 9-inch loaf pans with a piece of parchment or wax paper. Spray the sides of the pan lightly with cooking spray.
Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, milk, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.
Bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack.
Mix orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add enough powdered sugar to make a glaze.
Poke a few small holes in the top of the loaves and drizzle the glaze over it.
*Makes two - 9in. loafs
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*I first shared this recipe in June 2013. Updated August 2018.