This easy glazed lemon poppy seed bread is a recipe that uses pantry staples to create a sweet and zippy bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert!
I love lemon desserts. Lemon cream pie, lemon bars, lemon cookies, and the list goes on! It’s like the flavor is just so bright and cheery. I recently purchased a half bushel of peaches with the intention of eating a lot of them now and processing the rest for later. So I bought a bag of lemons to have on hand, as I knew I would need some fresh lemon juice for making peach jam, peach pie, and peach sorbet. After all was said and done, I had a few lemons leftover…what else is a girl to do but make a yummy lemon treat?
I wanted something pretty quick and easy that I could make with ingredients I had on hand.
The fact is, I love almost all lemon desserts. They’re just so good! But I didn’t have any graham crackers for a pie crust, so lemon cream pie was out. I didn’t have enough lemons to make lemon bars, and those would have taken a little bit more effort than I had time for. Lemon cookies were an option, but I didn’t want to be tempted by 3 dozen cookies hanging out in my kitchen. 🙂
Enter this easy glazed lemon poppy seed bread.
Easy Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
I adapted this recipe from The New York Times. One of the reasons it’s a winner is because it uses ingredients you likely already have on hand. And if you don’t have poppy seeds, you could always just omit them.
This lemon poppy seed bread turned out so yummy–so moist and tender with a subtle lemon flavor. The glaze really gives it a tangy but sweet zip of lemon flavor, and the consistency of the glaze is perfect, as it sort of hardens a little bit rather than just making the bread sticky.
It’s not as heavy as a pound cake, and the brightness of the fresh lemon flavor helps keep it light instead of overly sweet.
This delicious bread makes a great option for a quick grab and go breakfast (perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!), or it can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack. Who am I kidding, this would also be a lovely dessert as-is, or you could top it with some fresh berries and cream to really take things up a notch!
Enjoy, friends, it really is tasty!
- 1 3/4 cup bread flour
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 Tbs plus 4 tsp lemon juice (approximately 2-3 lemons)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Tbs poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8-inch or 9-inch bread pan.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (you can also mix by hand if you don't have a stand mixer), combine lemon zest and granulated sugar, using your fingers to rub it together until the mixture is similar consistency to wet sand.
- Add sour cream, 3 Tbs lemon juice and eggs to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix on medium-low speed until combined.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined.
- Add oil and poppy seeds and mix until combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared bread pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without any wet crumbs on it, about 1 hour. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack positioned over a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tsp lemon juice and the confectioner's sugar to make the glaze. Brush the glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.
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Slightly adapted from The New York Times
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 189mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 26g Protein: 5g
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