Make This Bread And It Will Be Loaf At First Bite
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 a tangy lemon glaze and crunchy sliced almonds.
Time To Bake The Best Poppy Seed Bread Ever
Apparently I’ve had a hankering for it, though, 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 poppy seed bread sure sounds good.” Then, I threw some poppy seeds in my cart. Three times.
So today, I was determined to make this quick bread a hall-of-fame recipe! The very best poppy seed bread ever!
Tastes Like It’s Super Hard To Make But It’s Not
This time around, I developed my own version. Some recipes call for orange juice instead of lemon juice. I’m sure they are great but my love affair with lemon goes back for years. Just say lemon and I get weak in the knees.
And almonds? I’m nuts about ’em so I couldn’t resist trying a crunchy, yummy topping, can you blame me?
Start off with a charming freckled 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 baking time.) Grease only the bottom of the pans so the batter can climb up the sides of the pan and get tall.
Loaves As Beautiful As They Are Delicious
Honestly it would still be fantastic bread even if you skip the glaze but why would you miss out on more tangy lemon and crunchy almonds? Are you crazy? Hint: I like to use a creamer or little measuring cup with a lip to make 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!
Poppy Seed Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbsp poppy seed
- 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 1/2 tsp butter flavoring
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 5-6 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp butter flavoring
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 Tbsp sliced almonds
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of two standard 9" x 5" loaf pans.
- Mix dry ingredients together, then add eggs, extracts, milk, and oil and stir together just until all ingredients are moistened, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. If you use a mixer, use low speed. You do not want to over mix. The mixture will have the consistency of cake batter.
- Pour in loaf pans and bake for approximately one hour until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
- Make the glaze while the bread is baking because you will put it on the bread while it's still pretty warm. I like to put the glaze in a small pitcher for easy, even pouring.
- When the bread comes out of the oven and while still in the pan, let it cool for 5 minutes, then poke holes in it with a skewer or fork with skinny tines and pour glaze over the top. If you want to garnish with sliced almonds, glaze lightly, add almonds and glaze again to make the almonds stick.
- Let cool completely in pan. To remove from pan run knife along edges of the loaf to loosen and turn the pan on side, tap and remove.
- Makes 2 nice loaves that can be cut in 16 slices. Freezes well, in fact, freezing seems to enhance the flavors.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
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 quickbread recipe?
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)