Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Soft and moist Lemon Poppy Seed bread is simple and delicious. Filled with poppy seeds and a delicious zesty lemon flavor and topped with a sweet, orange glaze.

Fresh Homemade Lemonade and creamy Lemon Curd are sweet and tangy lemon musts. We especially crave lemon in the summer time, and this Lemon Poppy Seed Bread sure hits the spot!

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BAke all year long

Being a “baker” in Arizona (in the summer) can be tough. Between trying to stay cool, and keeping your A/C bill below $500, firing up the oven is not on top of your list of things to do… well, for most people. I’m not most people, and I say there is NEVER a bad time to bake up something delicious. 🙂 I may not do it as often in the summer time, but a minimum of once a week is good for the soul – and belly! Even though baking isn’t so enticing, yummy lemon baked goods are!

Today’s recipe is a Lemon Poppyseed Bread. We’ve always been fans of the lemon and poppy seed combo and knew a bread form would be great. We’ve tried a Glazed Almond Poppy Seed bread, which is a favorite. This particular bread was super soft and perfectly sweet. It may have helped that we added 1 cup of sour cream and a little extra lemon for more flavor making it one of our favorite quick bread recipes.

We were glad we added lemon to the glaze because the bread, itself, wasn’t too lemony. And with the sour cream it made the bread so soft and moist.

Lemon Poppy seed bread batter in bread pan

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread cooling on rack

Just mix and bake!!

PREP. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 3 8×4 inch loaf pans.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Mix together your flour, salt, baking powder, poppy seeds and 2½ cups white sugar in a large bowl or kitchen aid.

WET INGREDIENTS. Add the eggs, milk, oil, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon extract until smooth.

BAKE. Distribute batter evenly into 3 greased 8×4 inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool loaves in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

FROSTING. Mix together orange juice, powdered sugar and lemon extract until well combined. Pour over your loaves while they are still hot. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Orange glaze on top of bread

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

  • Bring the cold ingredients like the eggs, milk, and sour cream to room temperature first, they will bond better when you mix them together making a smoother batter and more evenly textured bread.
  • Crack on top of your bread – that is a good sign! It just means the bread expanded properly to let out heat when it was cooking.  If you don’t notice a crack on top, no worries, sometimes this can be due to the baking powder being past the expiration date, or any number of factors in the baking process.  It will usually taste just as good.  
  • Substitute plain yogurt for sour cream, just make sure it isn’t the fat free variety.
  • Add some thinly sliced lemons to the top of the bread as a pretty garnish before serving.

Make this bread ahead of time and FREEZE for up to 6 months! It’s best to wrap it in plastic wrap and then store it in a Ziploc freezer bag or wrapped in aluminum foil. We also recommend waiting to add the glaze until after you have thawed it in the fridge overnight. One more thing to note – make sure if you are going to be glazing it that you have brought it to room temperature first.

STORE this bread covered in the fridge for a few days too. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread recipe on parchment paper

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Soft and moist Lemon Poppy Seed bread is so simple and so full of flavor it's sure to be gone in minutes! It's one tasty quick bread!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 2247 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/8 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon extract

Instructions
 

  • Mix together your flour, salt, baking powder, poppy seeds and 2½ cups white sugar in a large bowl or kitchen aid. Add the eggs, milk, oil, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon extract until smooth. Distribute batter evenly into 3 greased 8x4 inch pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool loaves in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  • Frosting: Mix together orange juice, powdered sugar and lemon extract until well combined. Pour over your loafs while they are still hot. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. wonderful recipe, like that this isn’t a cake, the bread loaves seem a lot easier to maintain smaller serving sizes for some reason, love lemon-cake flavor so thank you for adapting it into a bread recipe!

  2. I must be completely lame!! I made this and it did not turn out. The batter was very runny and the frosting I just mixed together- it was orange and not white like in the picture. are you supposed to cook it? Help!!!

    1. I’m sorry it did not turn out! The batter shouldn’t have been too runny. I’m not sure what could have gone wrong. I changed that “still” to “mix”. Sorry, that would have been confusing! No, you do not cook it. I wish I knew what could have caused the problems. Thank you for trying it though! Hope it doesn’t discourage you from trying it again.

  3. 5 stars
    Poppy seed muffins are my favorite and you can never go wrong with adding a little lemon glaze so I can’t wait to make this all in a yummy bread!