Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

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

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.

Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

Winging This & That

This 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 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.

Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

Serves 2 loaves     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

A lovely poppy seed bread with a tangy lemon glaze. Adapted from from friend, Pam.


  • 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


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


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. 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.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3183kcal Calories from fat 1361
% Daily Value
Total Fat 151g 232%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 289mg 96%
Sodium 2032mg 85%
Carbohydrate 427g 142%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 280g
Protein 35g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

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  1. Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

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

  2. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    such a beautiful bread…especially with those black poppy seeds dotting everywhere….it looks gorgeous,thanks 🙂

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    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! 🙂

  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 😀

    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.

  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. 😉 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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