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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon poppy seed bread is sweet, tangy, and so delicious! Add the optional lemon glaze to create the perfect dessert bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon poppy seed bread, lemon poppy seed bread from scratch, lemon poppy seed bread recipe, lemon poppy seed bread with glaze, lemon poppyseed bread
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 279kcal


  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Lemon Glaze (optional)

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., and spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds. In a separate medium bowl, combine the sugar, oil, milk, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing or adding glaze.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Lemon Glaze (optional)

  • In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. If the glaze is too thick add more lemon juice (to taste) or a little milk to thin it out. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread and serve.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the lemon poppy seed bread ingredients and a serving size of one (1) slice of bread when the loaf has been cut into ten (10) equal sized servings. Additionally, serving the bread with the optional lemon glaze would add approximately 48.6 extra calories to each slice of bread. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
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