Lemon Poppyseed Bread

This Lemon Poppyseed Bread is a delightful spring or Easter gift to give, or bake to enjoy warm out of the oven!

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Friends, I’m in love with Meyer Lemons. Are you? Lemons remind me of spring, brightness, delicious scents, tantalizing flavors, and friendship. In fact, when I buy Meyer Lemons at Costco, I like to share a few with a friend.

Over the weekend, I made one of our favorite Lemon Poppyseed recipes, and we ended up giving a few loaves away.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Since we’re trying to keep sweets out of the house, except for special occasions, it’s good to enjoy a few bites, and then share with others. Right?

The sun was shining in on our lovely home last week.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

The table was set. (Peony collection dishes from Q Squared NYC.)

We enjoyed a meal with good friends.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

I went to bed that night thinking about the lyrics to Amy Grant’s song, Better Than A Hallelujah. This phrase has been on my mind for weeks:

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Honestly, this is why we gather with food and good talk. We share, we become vulnerable, we open our hearts around the table.

When we do this, it not only changes us, it changes those around us.

I truly believe that sometimes more spiritual work happens at dinner time, with intention, pure hearts, and humble spirits, than happens in any church service.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

I sent a loaf of this Lemon Poppyseed Bread home with our friend, but here’s the menu we served, a delicious Sunday Supper:

Roasted Strawberries Brie appetizer

Paprika Chicken Thighs

Orange Beet Fennel Salad

Roasted Rosemary Flat Bread

Small servings of Homemade Strawberry Nutella Ice Cream (because we’re trying to watch our portions!)

When’s the last time you had really good conversation around your table with friends?

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Yield: 1 large loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Perfect for an Easter gathering, or to give away to neighbors or friends, these mini-cakes are delicious and fresh-made with Meyer Lemons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3⁄4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Lemon Glaze: 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat all ingredients for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into four small loaf pans or a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake for one hour. The top will crack.
  2. For the glaze, cook lemon juice and sugar together until sugar melts. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in extracts. While cake is hot, poke holes in each loaf with a fork, and spoon glaze over the top and let it set for at least 20 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

4 comments

  1. That bread looks so good! YUM! It’s been a bit since we’ve enjoyed conversation around our table. So much going on and hubby’s late work schedule doesn’t allow for much fellowship around the table.

  2. You may not know this about me, but I am a BIG, ridiculous fan of Amy and her music. I love this lyric so much. So glad you reminded me of it this morning. Authenticity and honesty are the only way to live with connection and community.  

    Can’t wait to make this lemon poppyseed bread! 

  3. I’m not a baker but last Saturday I made a batch of old fashioned banana bread (a whole story behind that!). I baked them in one of those Pampered chef 4 mini loaf pan. This recipe looks like it has very similar bones.  (do you make that reference to a recipe??)

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