I got my first poppy seed bread recipe from my sister-in-law Margaret who is a fantastic cook. Long ago, she introduced me to this moist, indescribably yummy treat.
But this recipe? It's got an "it factor" with two special touches, a tangy lemon glaze and crunchy sliced almonds.
There's something about spring. A zillion things, really. The way the lawns begin to blush green, the way the trees get fat, promising buds, and tulips and crocuses poke their noses up out of the dirt. New life! Hallelujah!
It also awakens taste buds that have slept through winter, satisfied with casseroles and oatmeal. Spring makes us hungry for greens! Hungry for fruit! Hungry for strawberries and LEMON!
Apparently, I've had a hankering for it, because a search in my spice drawer yielded THREE containers of poppy seed! I must have been wandering down the spice aisle thinking, "Oh boy, some lemon poppy seed bread sure sounds good." Then, I threw some poppy seeds in my cart. Three different times.
So today, I was determined to make this quick bread, a hall-of-fame recipe! The very best poppy seed bread ever!
This time around, I developed my own version. Some recipes call for orange juice instead of lemon juice. I'm sure they are both wonderful, but my love affair with lemon goes back for years. I get weak in the knees at the mention of lemon.
And almonds? I'm nuts about them, so I couldn't resist trying a crunchy, yummy topping, can you blame me?
Start with a charming speckled batter that mixes up quickly and has a consistency like cake batter. How fun are those freckles?
Then, pour it into bread pans, muffin tins, or mini loaf pans.
Like my battered old bread pans? I do, they have served me well for over 30 years.
This recipe makes two full-sized loaves, several mini loaves, or about 22 muffins. Just adjust the baking time. Grease only the bottom of the pans. This way, the batter can climb up the sides of the pan and get tall.
Honestly, it would still be fantastic bread if you skip the glaze. But why would you choose to miss out on more tangy lemon and crunchy almonds? Are you crazy? Here's a handy hint. Use a little cream pitcher or a glass measuring cup with a lip to pour on the glaze. It makes the job easier.
Glaze it right in the pan! One thin layer of glaze, then almonds, then another thin layer glues those crunchy babies right on top!
Let the glazed loaves cool completely before removing from pans. More hints can be found in the recipe that follows!
Isn't it byootifull??
Just look at those adorable speckles and tender crumb!
P.S. If you have trouble finding butter-flavored extract, surprise, surprise! Menards carries Watkins products, and their butter flavoring is the best of the best!
This would be a perfect thing to serve at a spring tea or shower! The bunnies are a-comin'! Hop to it! What's your favorite quick bread recipe?
I have the cutest friend named Jean. She is an amazing cook and baker! She really made me giggle when she told me she always thought lemon desserts were only for Memorial Day and beyond. You know, sort of like wearing white. Don't waste another day. Bake it now!
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)
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