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Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

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This sweet, dense Glazed Poppy Seed Bread was flavored with both almond and vanilla. A tangy lemon glaze was the icing on the cake!

Almond Poppy Seed Bread is the perfect hostess gift, welcome to the neighborhood gift or for your own breakfast, brunch or tea time snack!

Glazed Poppy Seed Bread slices on a white tray with lemon slices


Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

We have a friend dealing with some major health issues. I can pray, but I can also offer them something tangible. I dropped this glazed poppy seed bread in their mailbox when he and his wife were spending the day at the doctor’s office, hoping something sweet would bring comfort during this tough week.

My daughter loves poppy seed muffins, so I was pretty certain she would volunteer to help us polish off the second poppy seed loaf. Moist, tender with just a hint of flavorings, this is a fabulous addition to your breakfast or brunch menu, plus is a terrific gift for your hostess or a friend dealing with a difficult situation.

Slices of Glazed Poppy Seed Bread and half a loaf on a white ceramic tray

How to Make Almond Poppy Seed Bread

This almond poppy seed bread recipe was submitted to Katie’s former grade school’s cookbook by one of my dearest girlfriends. Unfortunately, the “butter” flavoring that was in the original version was nowhere to be found.

I could have melted butter instead of using oil, but I had already started the recipe when I realized my bottle of extract only had 2 drops in it. Okee, dokey. I just left it out. Then there was the shortage of orange juice to be used in the glaze. Guess I’d have to wing that as well.

Instead, I  melted some butter and added some freshly squeezed lemon juice. I was quite pleased with these poppy seed loaves, moist with just a touch of citrus to play off the sweet. And Katie single handedly consumed the loaf I kept for us. Fingers crossed that my friends enjoyed their loaf, too.

Quick Bread Tips:

When making quick breads, keep these pointers in mind:

Prepare your baking pans well. Grease well. If you’d like to go the extra mile, place rectangle of parchment in the bottom of your pan, then grease the top.

Do not over mix your batter. Stir in the dry ingredients by hand to make sure not to over activate the leaveners.

Use a toothpick to check for doneness. When inserted in the middle, it should come out clean or with moist crumbs, not batter.

Let cool about 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a cooling rack.

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Yield: 2 loaves

Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

A lovely poppy seed bread with a tangy lemon glaze.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/8 cups oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Grease two standard loaf pans
  2. Mix oil and sugar together. Mix in eggs, then add vanilla, almond and milk. Mix in poppy seeds, then flour, baking powder and salt till just combined.
  3. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  4. Make glaze by whisking together all ingredients till smooth.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or till toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from pans. Drizzle on the glaze.

Notes

Adapted from my friend, Pam.

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33 comments on “Glazed Poppy Seed Bread”

  1. I love making loaves – this one looks fantastic! Love the glaze!

  2. such a beautiful bread…especially with those black poppy seeds dotting everywhere….it looks gorgeous,thanks πŸ™‚

  3. Looks great, my coffee is kinda lonely this morning:@)
    PS-Wishing your friend good health!

  4. I am a total sucker for poppy seed cake, muffins and now it looks like bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. Liz, I Loooovvveee poppy seed bread and yours, as always, looks fabulous! I hope your friend is ok. . dealing with health issues is never fun. prayers for them right now!

  6. You read my mind, I was just saying yesterday that poppyseed is my favorite, and here is a bread recipe! Thanks, and I love that it is glazed. Need to start carb loading for chicago….and sweet breads are still carbs….right?

  7. I’m sorry to hear about your friend but this loaf is so lovely. It’s certain to brighten up anybody’s day. Just my taste!

  8. I wish we were real life friends and neighbors to get such delightful surprises in my mailbox!

  9. Quick breads are such a nice thoughtful gift. I would like this, especially with the glaze!

  10. Liz, that is one delicious looking sweet bread! Would love to have a piece right now.

  11. Gorgeous bread, I’m sure your friends were pleasantly surprised and savored every bite! πŸ™‚

  12. LOOOve it! I would like an slice for my breakfast! It must be very nice with a cup of coffee !

  13. What a wonderful gift to come home to. Hope all will be well with them, but this cake sure would make anyone feel better!

  14. Liz,
    I cannot pick. I want it All. Xx Lovely.

  15. You’re so sweet! Its been ages since I had poppyseed bread! I need to fix that!

  16. Gorgeous seeded bread Liz, my fave breakfast πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  17. What a lovely loaf, Liz and so thoughtful of you to bake one for your friends. They must have been delighted!

  18. Your bread looks lovely, and what a good friend you are. I hope everything goes well for him.

  19. I really like this one! My recipe has lemon in the cake as well but I bet the cake shines through with just a hint of lemon in the icing.

  20. Lizzy,
    Another yummy recipe. I haven’t made a poppy seed recipe but I love them in muffins and loaves. Pinned.
    Annamaria

  21. I love lemon poppy seed bread. I am sure this made your friends smile and brightened their day.

  22. I am a huge fan of cakey bread. This bread has such a fine and smooth crumb. Beautiful!

  23. Nice, I have some poppy seeds I need to use before Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  24. You know, I don’t know if I’ve ever had every had poppy seed bread. It sounds so good. Lemon is a classic pairing with poppy seeds, so that’s a great swap.

  25. I love lemon poppy seed cake and yours looks so moist and delicious.

  26. What a sweet thing you did for your friends, Liz. I’m sure that they loved and appreciated the gesture. When one is so wrapped up and stressed out from dealing with an illness, they don’t allow themselves the luxury of treats (speaking from experience). It must’ve been so lovely to see this gorgeous loaf of poppy seed bread in their mailbox!

  27. Sorry to hear about your friend’s health – that was so sweet of you to make this for him. It looks and sounds amazing!

  28. Sooo thoughtful of you, Liz. Undoubtedly you made their day…And a double bonus that the poppy seed loaf looks and undoubtedly does taste scrumptious….I’d single handedly devour the loaf if given a chance, too =)

  29. I’m not allowed to have poppy seeds here in Dubai since they are illegal to import so I most certainly do not have any in my freezer and I will not be making these gorgeous loaves. πŸ˜‰ Just beautiful, Liz!

  30. I would definitely want a big thick slice of this beautiful bread.

  31. I have never baked with poppy seeds before. Happy to hear that Katie liked it and hope all is well with your friend.

  32. Oh, I love these sweet breads….my mouth is watering! They look so yummy and perfect, Liz.

  33. one of my favorite thing to bake is quick breads. I am always looking for an awesome recipe like this one! thanks LIZ!

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