Jen’s (& Mary’s!) Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

I’ve been enjoying this moist and flavorful Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread for a couple years now, thanks to my friend, Jen. She served it for a coffee and girlfriends chat session one morning, and it charmed every single one of us. Its comforting simplicity, topped off with a thin-crusted sweet glaze, has made this quick bread a favorite of mine.

I just recently learned, however, that this recipe should be referred to as:

“Jen’s and Mary’s Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread”

It turns out Jen got the recipe from Mary, a woman I got to know many years ago through our church’s MOPS program. Mary is one of those women who inspires you – in a very youthful and joyful way – to be a better mom, wife, and friend. She was a mentor to my group, and I have been so blessed by her.

If you make this bread once, I know you’ll make it again and again. And you’ll have Jen and Mary to thank for that!

Jen’s (& Mary’s!) Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread


for the bread:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 2-1/2 c. sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 T. poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. + 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 tsp. almond extract

for the glaze:

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. orange juice (I like to use freshly squeezed.)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray two 8-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Stir on low, just until combined.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients – the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer on low speed, beat until incorporated. Then raise the mixer speed to medium and beat for one more minute.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake for about 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

While the bread is baking, prepare the glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients and whisk until incorporated. When the baked loaves are removed from the oven, immediately brush the glaze over the warm bread tops. It will seem like alot of glaze, but it will soak in and make the bread ultra moist and flavorful, with a bit of a sugary crust once cooled. Cool loaves about 20 minutes. Then run a knife around the edges of the pans before removing bread from pans.

he recipe box of my friend, Jen Reinhard – and originally from Mary Nesvig

I’m linking up with the following:

Cheryl at TidyMom for I’m Lovin’ It (Jo Totes camera bag giveaway)
Allison at Alli ‘n Son for Sweet Tooth Friday (Homemade Coffee Creamer)
Robyn at Add a Pinch for Mingle Monday (Salmon Eggs Benedict)
Rachel at A Southern Fairytale for Mouthwatering Monday (Cranberry Raisin Bran Muffins)


25 Responses to “Jen’s (& Mary’s!) Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread”

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Looks so moist and wonderful! I love a good poppy seed bread.

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks, Sylvie!

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    Mom — May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

    This bread was a real treat last weekend while we were at your home. So moist and tasty!

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks, Mom – I knew you’d like it!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I absolutely love quick breads (so easy!) and I love the flavors you used in this one. It looks delicious! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me with something new! Have a great weekend.

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      So nice to hear from you again, Georgia – thanks!

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    Paula — May 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Jen and Mary and you have all out-done yourselves. This is the moistest looking dessert bread I’ve seen in awhile. Love the idea of the glaze too. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend with your beautiful family Brenda.

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      And a very happy Mother’s Day to you, Paula!

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    The Pastry Chef — May 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Saw this on Sweet Tooth Friday – it looks delicious. I love the orange poppyseed combination so will definitely have to try this. Thanks for posting the recipe!

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Hi! Nice to hear from you – thanks for popping over from Allison’s site!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — May 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    That looks so gorgeous and a perfect texture too!

    • farmgirl replied on May 7th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you, Maria!

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    Leah @ Beyer Beware — May 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I made the almost exact same bread a few weeks ago for a friend who had a baby. We both devoured our loaves. I added some orange peel zest to the bread batter but other wise the exact same. Thanks for reminding me how much I love it!

    • farmgirl replied on May 11th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Leah – orange zest would be wonderful in the batter!

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    carolinaheartstrings — May 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    What great pictures. That bread looks fantastic.

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    thepsychobabble — May 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    quick breads are my favorite, and that one looks amazing:)

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    Kathleen — May 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love tea breads and this one sounds fabulous. I love the orange glaze!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — May 10, 2011 at 5:46 am

    This bread looks fabulous, Brenda. That orange glaze has to be just perfect on it.

    • farmgirl replied on May 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Robyn!

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    SeeNikkiCook — May 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

    WOW!!! Great flavor–I was worried at first because my batter was so liquid-y. but they turned out wonderful!!!!! I made 1 loaf and a dozen muffins also made homemade strawberry jam to go with them…delish!!! Thanks for the great post!!!

    • farmgirl replied on May 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment – I love to hear when someone makes a recipe I post! Strawberry jam sounds lovely with that bread!

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    smale611 — January 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    One of my school students made me an ‘orane-glazed, poppy seed bread’…
    it was out of this world and I’m hoping that this is the recipe… It was the best stuff and we all loved it. Thanks for posting this and I can’t wait to try it on my own.

    • farmgirl replied on January 7th, 2012 at 9:59 am

      It’s one of my family’s favorites – so good! Hope you like it!

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    Ashley — April 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I just randomly stumbled across this recipe via Pinterest/linked to another website/linked to another. I absolutely LOVE poppy seed muffins and was really excited to try this recipe when I stumbled across it. The poppy seeds were a challenge to find but once I found them and made the recipe it was amazing!!! Thank you so much from me, my taste buds, and everyone at work!
    -Sending kudos from Missouri


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