Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread is a simple quick bread recipe that is perfect for breakfast or a light dessert. This sweet bread is easy to make and has the best homemade orange glaze on top!

If you enjoy this poppy seed bread you should also try my Apple Bread recipe and my Peach Bread!

Sliced Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread on a wire rack


This Is One Of My Favorite Quick Bread Recipes

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!

A close up shot of sliced Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread
Poppyseed bread sliced up and sitting on a wire rack

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

Yield: 2 loaves
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes
total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread is a simple quick bread recipe that is great for breakfast or a light dessert. It has the best homemade orange glaze on top!
4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)


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:

  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. orange juice I like to use freshly squeezed.
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ 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.


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

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 2slices Calories: 372kcal Carbohydrates: 73g Protein: 7g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 510mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 47g
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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