Bread, Breakfast, Brunch

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


Oh the memories of eating poppy seed bread from my hometown bakery! Sweet sweet memories that will always be cherished but that will never again be able to had. I grew in Lake Providence, La where the Old Dutch Bakery was a cherished store full of sweet treats, exceptional salads and cakes and of course, Fried Chicken. Sadly it burned down a few years ago and the owners decided not to re-build, although I believe everyone in the town continues to BEG them to do so. I would say most of my friends loved the idea of going to the bakery before school to get donuts, kolaches or cookies but I went for the poppy seed bread. Shhh! Don’t tell my mom but many times we would skip school after first break to grab something from the bakery! Hey, we were growing teenagers and we needed our energy! lol!

So needless to say every time I make or have poppy seed bread I am reminded of growing up in a small Louisiana town graced by the presence of the most outstanding bakery I have known. I don;t think I could ever beg enough or pay enough money to the sweet owners to fork over their treasured poppy seed recipe but I have spent the past 7 years trying to replicate that masterpiece and although I think I am almost there some part of me hopes I never will be!

Here’s to looking at a wonderful new Spring filled with lots of yummy fruits, vegetables, fun in the sun and of course, Lemon Poppy Seed Bread and Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! (Note:  the recipe below can be made into either, which is exactly what I did!)

P.S. I have found the secret to moist and delicious poppy seed bread is half regular flour and half cake flour. So good!


Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


3 extra large eggs

12 TBSP unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup AP flour

1/2 cup cake flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

3/4 cup sugar

1 TBSP Grated Lemon Zest

3 TSBP poppy seeds


1/4 Cup lemon juice Fresh Lemon Juice

1/3 Cup Sugar

2 cups powdered sugar


In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk. Set aside. Mix together the flours, salt, baking powder, poppy seeds and sugar til combined. In a large mixing bowl add 6 TBSP of softened butter, half of the dry ingredients and half of the egg mixture. Slowly begin beating and beat til just combined, 30 seconds. Repeat the process by adding the remaining 6 TBSP of softened butter the remaining egg mixture and the rest of the dry ingredients. Finish with the lemon zest and stir with a wooden spoon until all is incorporated. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes uncovered and 30 minutes covered with foil.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar and lemon juice to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Once the bread is done and cool to the touch drizzle the glaze all over the bread.



  1. Cool Gal

    I LOVE anything with lemon. This sounds light and delicious. I think I will make a loaf RIGHT NOW. I have everything in the house.


    **Isn’t it funny how certain foods can bring back so many childhood memories?

    25 . Feb . 2011
  2. coLine

    i’ve been looking for lemon poppy seed muffins recipe and this is just perfect! Thanks dear 🙂


    25 . Feb . 2011
  3. Sammy

    Oh i love poppy seed bread and this looks so good. I like the use of cake flour to make it even more moist! Thanks girl

    25 . Feb . 2011
  4. Sammy

    Oh and the giveaway- amazing. Headed to enter now

    25 . Feb . 2011
  5. Mary Elizabeth

    How did you know this is my favorite. I actually vaguely remember driving through lake providence on our way to little rock and stopping at the bakery but i always got the donuts or cookies

    25 . Feb . 2011
  6. To the Kitchen

    This sounds alot like my moms recipe which is divine. I need something to bring to a brunch tomorrow so I might just make this RIGHT NOW

    25 . Feb . 2011
  7. erica@fashionmeetsfood

    I absolutely LOVE anything with lemon. So I am definitely going to be making this recipe!


    25 . Feb . 2011
  8. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I was always weirded out when my mom made lemon poppy seed bread as a kid. I don’t know why. But now, it’s amazing.

    P.S. Did you link up your recipe???

    25 . Feb . 2011
  9. Christina

    I love lemon poppy seed bread (and muffins) but have never made it! I am putting this on my to-do list!

    25 . Feb . 2011
  10. ModernMom

    I have ALWAYS wanted to know how to make lemon poppy seed loaf! I am addicted to the stuff at Starbucks. Thanks so much for posting. I’m going to give it a try:)

    25 . Feb . 2011
  11. Farmchick

    This looks so wonderful. Lemon is just one of my favorite flavors.

    25 . Feb . 2011
  12. Joanne

    Some kids were cutting school to go smoke cigarettes or have a beer…and you were cutting to eat poppy seed bread. Love it! I actually adore lemon poppy seed bread and muffins and this looks great…thanks for the recipe!

    26 . Feb . 2011
  13. Sweet Southern Prep

    Oh my goodness! This looks irrestible! I’m definitely making this sometime soon! Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe!

    26 . Feb . 2011
  14. Shellie

    These look amazing, child of mine– and I can attest that your poppy seed bread rocks!

    26 . Feb . 2011
  15. Caity

    I love your blog, found it on 20sb, but I think I just gained back the 4 pounds I lost this week just by browsing through your blog! LOL Will be back though. Gonna live vicariously through your photos.

    27 . Feb . 2011
  16. Denine Anderson-Regan

    I love Lemon Poppy Seed bread. This looks great!

    28 . Feb . 2011
  17. stephanie

    Hey stranger! Ok, I’m not gonna lie. Baking is not my thing but after seeing that Lemon Poppy Seed bread, I am going to spit-shine my oven and give it a whirl. Looks delicious!!!!!!

    28 . Feb . 2011
  18. Torrie @ a place to share...

    I love hearing about your younger years! Especially the ones about your hometown (remember, I secretly wish I was southern?). That’s so sad that it burned down, and they didn’t rebuild!! I could totally see you running a shop like that someday.

    So, I will definitely make this. My mom loves all things lemon, and I’m going to her house for our next book club get together. I make it for her then! Plus, I have cake flour that I need to use up! =)

    01 . Mar . 2011
  19. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    Ohmygosh the I can practically taste these already!! yum!!!!! <3

    it looks delish!

    01 . Mar . 2011
  20. Shea

    Ooh, this is one of those that my husband would just love (me too of course!). I’ll have to make it for him sometime!

    01 . Mar . 2011
  21. Sarah (Bee-Vine)

    Okay, this is cruel… I can smell and taste the Old Dutch Bakery as I’m looking at this pic! I miss this the most too, always my fave. Will “try” the recipe… Would much rather you just move back to LP and open up a bakery of your own!… pretty please?!!
    Oh, LOVED their taco salads, too!

    01 . Mar . 2011
  22. Khara

    Please do open a business and ship your goodies out to loyal customers?

    05 . Mar . 2011
  23. Terri

    Yum! I love lemon poppy seed bread! I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try soon!

    06 . Mar . 2011
  24. Nicole-Lynn

    Mmmm… sounds so delicious! I love anything lemon! I will have to save this for when I have some time to make it! Thank you!

    14 . Mar . 2011
  25. Nicole-Lynn

    I thought I left a comment.. I mean, how couldn’t I? This sounds so good! I definitely need to make this!

    15 . Apr . 2011
  26. patti ahearn

    how much butter? what size pan?

    20 . Apr . 2014
    • kbelleicious

      Hi Patti, the pan is simply a loaf pan and they are typically all the same in size but you can safely use the standard size of 9×5. As for the butter it is 12 TBSP- its in the ingredient list above but you may have overlooked it:) hope you enjoy it!

      22 . Apr . 2014

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