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Perfect Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf for Spring

This moist and delicious lemon poppy seed loaf is easy to make and ready in under an hour. Perfect for brunch, afternoon tea, or just because. Also makes a great Easter dessert.

lemon poppy seed loaf

Hello friends! Today we’re embracing the mantra: ‘When life gives you lemons, make a deliciously tangy dessert bread!’ Forget lemonade – we’re taking things up a notch in the kitchen.

Today, I’m going to share a recipe for a dessert bread that’s like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day: lemon poppy seed loaf!

This isn’t just any old loaf; it’s a masterpiece that combines the playful crunch of poppy seeds with the bold, cheeky zing of lemon.

But just when you think it can’t get any better, we drizzle (or perhaps lovingly smother) this beauty with a lemon glaze that glistens like morning dew.

This glaze isn’t just icing on the cake – it’s the crown jewel, the pièce de résistance, the… well, you get the idea.

‘But I’m no baker,’ you might say. Good news: this lemon and poppy seed loaf recipe is as easy as it is scrumptious.

It’s the perfect way to impress your guests, treat yourself, or add a little zest to your afternoon tea. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this loaf is here to make you look like a baking genius.

lemon and poppy seed loaf

So grab your mixing bowl, summon your inner baker, and let’s jump into a world where lemons aren’t just for lemonade.

They’re for creating a lemon poppy seed loaf so delightful, it might just make you consider starting a lemon orchard in your backyard.

Tips for Making Dessert Bread

If you’ve never made a recipe like this before, here are some tips to get you started:

Quality Ingredients Matter

Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. This is especially true for ingredients like flour, baking powder, and any add-ins like fruits, nuts, or chocolate.

Don’t Overmix

When combining your wet and dry ingredients, mix just until they’re combined. Overmixing can lead to tough bread.

Check Your Oven Temperature

Make sure your oven is correctly calibrated. An oven thermometer can help with this. Baking at the right temperature is crucial for a perfect loaf.

Test for Doneness

Use a toothpick or a skewer to test if your bread is done. It should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, but not raw batter.

Let It Cool

Resist the temptation to slice into your bread right away. Letting it cool on a wire rack helps the structure set and makes slicing easier.

lemon loaf poppy seed

Remember, baking is as much an art as it is a science, so feel free to this recipe to suit your taste. Here’s what you’re going to need for this lemon poppy seed loaf.


  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash kosher salt
  • 180 g of butter softened to room temperature (3/4 of a cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of zest
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 – 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Use real lemons for this – I don’t recommend trying to substitute with artificial lemon juice.

If the top is getting more brown than you would like as it’s baking, tent the top loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.

lemon poppy seed bread

Keep your bread wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. It lasts a few days on the counter, and about a week in the fridge.

You can also freeze it for longer storage. Wrap in plastic wrap then put in an airtight container for up to three months.

lemon poppy bread

Get the printable recipe for this dessert bread below:

Yield: 1 loaf

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

lemon and poppy seed loaf

This tasty lemon poppy seed bread is balanced with the tangy zest of fresh citrus and the subtle crunch of poppy seeds, Easy to make and irresistibly delicious, this loaf is a must-try for lemon lovers and baking enthusiasts.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 dash kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups butter, softened to room temperature (180 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons lemon extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper.Greased-loaf-pan-sitting-on-a-countertop
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.Whisking together dry ingredients in a ceramic bowl
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar until light and fluffy, for about 2 minutes.Creaming together butter and sugar in a glass bowl with a red mixer
  4. Beat in the lemon juice and zest. Add the eggs and continue beating until well combined. Stop and scrape down the bowl as needed.Adding lemon juice, zest, and eggs into the butter mixture
  5. With the mixer on low, add in the flour mixture alternating with the milk. Try not to overmix.
  6. Fold the poppy seeds into the batter using a spatula.Folding the poppy seeds into the batter with a spatula
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.Lemon poppy seed batter added to a loaf pan
  8. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the lemon extract and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.Adding lemon juice to powdered sugar in a clear glass bowl
  9. Drizzle over cooled dessert bread before serving.Lemon glaze drizzled over the top of the bread

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g

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