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It's so easy to make from scratch and creates a moist, delicious loaf of bread with tasty lemon flavor. Topped with glaze, it's the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. Your family will love it, too!
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It’s so easy to make this Lemon Poppy Seed Bread from scratch and the results are a moist, delicious loaf with a sweet and lemon flavor. Topped with glaze, it’s perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert!

You’ll want to make this quick recipe again and again. If you love lemon, make sure you check out our lemon sugar cookies or lemon lasagna.

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LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD INGREDIENTS

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For the bread you’ll need the following:

  • For the bread you’ll need the following:2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the glaze you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • zest from ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

HOW TO MAKE LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, add the eggs and beat on high for 60-90 seconds until they are foamy.

STEP TWO: Add the wet ingredients then mix until smooth.

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STEP THREE: Add the zest and lemon juice, and mix.

STEP FOUR: Sift together the dry ingredients (minus the poppy seeds).

STEP FIVE: Add to the wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Stir in poppy seeds.

STEP SIX: Pour into a loaf pan, and bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.

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STEP SEVEN: Remove from oven, and let cool completely before glazing.

STEP EIGHT: To make the glaze, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients.

I love that it only takes 10 minutes to bring together—making it the perfect quick, homemade treat for our family to make together. Plus, it’s absolutely gorgeous and tastes incredible.

As a rule, we always make everything in a double batch (because hungry boys), and I almost wish I’d made this Lemon Poppy Seed Bread in triple because it’s so good. The flavor is the perfect balance of lemon.

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This delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Bread recipe is quick and easy to make and is bursting with bright lemon flavor. It is homemade bread at its best!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

5 from 4 votes
It’s so easy to make from scratch and creates a moist, delicious loaf of bread with tasty lemon flavor. Topped with glaze, it’s the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. Your family will love it, too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the bread:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp poppyseeds

For the glaze:

  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • zest from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the eggs and beat on high for 60-90 seconds until they are foamy.
  • Add the wet ingredients then mix until smooth.
  • Add the zest and lemon juice and mix.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients (minus the poppyseeds).
  • Add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in poppyseeds.
  • Pour into a loaf pan and bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before glazing.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients.

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Notes

Be sure to keep refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Yuki says

    Hi This recipe sounds really good!
    I am not a good baker and I have a question. Can I know why you use 3tbs baking Soda? Just because I’ve never seen a bread recipe using so much baking Soda and wondering what’s the secret? Thank you 🙂

    • Layne Henderson says

      It’s important to use a high-fat content yogurt. It needs to be at least 10-11 grams of fat in the yogurt, it can’t be light or fat-free yogurt.

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