If I can eat a dish for breakfast and dessert, it’s a win in my book. That’s why I love this flavorful Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread.

Whether you consider it more of a bread or more of a cake, this treat is a classic.

The density of the recipe will leave you satisfied but the subtly-tart lemon flavor will give you a refreshing little twist.

Related: 5 Just Jill Lemon Recipes for Spring

Did I mention it’s topped with glaze?

That’s right! A sweet drizzle really complements the fluffy cake — adding a completely different texture to the treat.

Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If I can eat a dish for breakfast and dessert, it’s a win in my book. That’s why I love this flavorful Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 3 cups flour


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the first 10 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then, slowly add the flour, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture into a loaf pans. (you can bake as muffins too).
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the middle of the loaf comes out clean (mini loaves may take less time, check after 20 minutes).
  5. While bread is baking, prepare the glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  6. When finished baking, remove the bread from the pan and let it cool.
  7. Once it’s completely cooled, brush it with the lemon glaze.

Sure, lemon may seem like a summery flavor but I actually like baking this around the holidays.

I make mini loaves and give them as gifts. I also like to bake them in these Temp-tations mini loaf pans.

How cute are they? And this butterfly pattern is perfect for spring!

Find the baking pans HERE.

But it’s also one of my go-to housewarming treats — and because the recipe makes three loaves, I can give two of them away and keep one for myself.

No matter the season, I hope you enjoy baking this Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread at home. And if you’re a lover of all things lemon, be sure to check out my lemon blueberry pound cake as well!

From my kitchen to yours,


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