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Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze

This Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze is soft, moist and filled with lemon flavor! Topped with a zesty glaze, this breakfast bread is to die for.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread on a Yellow Checkered Dish Towel

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze

Everyone should have a scrumptious no-fail recipe for lemon poppy seed bread in their back pocket, dontcha think? So why is it that I didn’t have one until just recently?

A Loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Being Sliced into Servings

I was looking for a quick bread recipe made in small loaf pans, because I think little loaves make great food gifts for a hostess, a new mom, or someone who is grieving. Or for our daughters, who absolutely adore anything lemon poppy seed…bonus points if there’s almond flavoring, too!

But I didn’t have any such recipe.

So I played around with one that I already knew I loved…

A Slice of Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Butter on Top

 …and came up with this Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze. It’s fabulous, I tell you. Our girls are crazy for it!

What I Love About This Lemon Bread

These little loaves of almond + lemon bread are the best that you’ll ever find, guaranteed. They’re perfectly moist, and flavored with the comfort of almond and the brightness of lemon. My favorite part, though, is the lemony sugar glaze that soaks into the bread, giving it extra moistness and sweet lemon tang. Once the glaze cools and sets, it creates a wonderful thin crust over the top of the bread, giving each slice’s top a few bites of crunchy texture. If I could get away with only eating the top half of the entire loaf, I surely would! ;)

And, yay!  My Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze is featured at A Cup of Jo,  in Joanna’s “Best Recipe Series”. Please check it out!

Almond Poppy Seed Bread on a Yellow Checkered Dish Towel

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze

Yield: 20
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 45 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
This Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze is soft, moist and filled with lemon flavor! Topped with a zesty glaze, this breakfast bread is to die for.
5 Stars (2 Reviews)


For the Almond Poppy Seed Bread

  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest

For the Lemon Glaze

  • cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tbsp unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled


For the Almond Poppy Seed Bread:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray two 7-1/2” x 3-1/2" loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside. I love this smaller loaf pan size – the bread makes for a great hostess gift!
  • 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, almond extract, and lemon zest.
  • 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 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 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.


Adapted from my favorite Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 239kcal Carbohydrates: 54g Protein: 2g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 96mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 43g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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37 comments on “Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze”

  1. My mini loaf pans are some of my favorite kitchen tools…you’re right – mini loaves make such nice gifts. These are absolutely beautiful, Brenda!

  2. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    When I was a kid our next door neighbor brought over my first taste of poppy seed bread and I think I ate the entire loaf! It is still my favorite!

  3. Kim | Just For Clicks

    Brenda, these will make wonderful gifts to surprise someone with…. Love recipes like this that encourage us to brighten someone’s day with a little treat. Anxious to make these!

  4. I love almonds and almond flavouring so a teaspoon and a half of almond extract must be just scrumptious in this lemon poppyseed loaf!

  5. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit)

    My mother in law makes a really similar recipe and it is THE BEST sweet bread I’ve ever tried. I would love a slice of that right now.

  6. Samantha Scruggs

    I love lemon poppyseed muffins! The only time I ever actually tried to make a poppy seed lemon loaf, I was using smitten kitchen’s recipe with lots of poppy seeds, so I bought two 1 ounce jars at the store; then I accidentally grabbed the celery seed out of the cabinet instead of the poppy seeds!!! Oh my goodness, it was horrible!! I think I will have to try again someday, I just haven’t quite gotten over that incident…

  7. Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King

    Mmm! Poppy seeds = the best way to add texture to anything. And a lemon glaze? Delish. That bread looks beautiful!