Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

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This lemon poppy seed bread recipe smells and tastes amazing!  It’s so full of fresh lemon flavor, with the poppy seeds throughout!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

This is the only lemon poppy seed bread recipe you’ll ever need!  Unlike some poppy seed baked goods where the poppy seeds are only sprinkled on the top, this epic lemon bread doesn’t skimp on poppy seeds! It uses the whole two tablespoons of poppy seeds, so they are dispersed throughout!

How To Make Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I bought myself a giant 12 ounce bottle of poppy seeds at the ethnic supermarket, so I can make this bread, as well as the poppy seed lemon muffins, as often as I want!  Those puny little jars of poppy seeds sold at regular supermarkets are only enough for one time ;)

Lemon Bread With Poppy Seeds

This lemon poppy seed bread uses simple everyday ingredients: flour, sugar, poppy seeds, fresh lemons, milk, oil, eggs, vanilla, salt and baking powder. The lemon flavor comes from fresh lemons – this recipe uses a lemon zest of one lemon and 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (which comes from one to two lemons, depending on how big they are and how well you squeeze them).

Fresh Lemon Bread Recipe

Making lemon poppy seed bread is really easy.  It’s a true one-bowl recipe – all the ingredients are mixed in one bowl, then poured into a loaf pan and baked!

Poppyseed Lemon Bread Recipe

I personally don’t glaze this lemon poppy seed bread, as I want it to be a bread, not a cake :)  But if you’d like to glaze it, you can make a simple lemon glaze by mixing 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf

If you’d like this bread to be yellow in color like on my photos, add 1 teaspoon of yellow food coloring when adding the liquid ingredients.  It doesn’t affect the taste at all, just the color :)

Lemon Poppyseed Quick Bread

Lemon poppy seed bread can be served for breakfast, brunch, snack and dessert.   This amazing bread is welcome anytime in my tummy :)

Fresh Lemon Bread With Poppy Seeds

It also makes a great food gift when wrapped in a clear wrap with a pretty ribbon.  Everyone loves a gourmet bread!

Lemon Poppy Seed Sweet Bread

If you like lemon poppy seed bread, you will also love these easy yummy recipes:

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – another form of lemon poppy seed goodness! I love these muffins!

Best Ever Lemon Muffin With Poppy Seeds

Candied Lemon Slices – so addictive, lemon lovers can eat the whole batch in one sitting!

Best Ever Lemon Meringue Pie – so tender and delicious, full of lemon flavor! Super refreshing!

Easy Lemon Crinkles Cookies – these cookies look so beautiful and taste so lemony!

Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake Copycat Recipe – if you love the Starbucks lemon cake, you can now make it at home!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe
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This lemon poppy seed bread is absolutely amazing! So fresh and lemony tasting, you'll want to eat the whole loaf! This is the only lemon poppy seed bread recipe you'll ever need!
Recipe type: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1-2 lemons)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a non-stick 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and mix until combined. Add lemon juice, milk, oil and vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour, lemon zest, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds, and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  4. Put the lemon poppy seed bread in the oven and bake for 1 hour.


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