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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

  • Author: Becca
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 Slices 1x


A light, moist lemon poppy seed bread coated with a slightly sweet vanilla bean icing! Perfect for spring brunch or a coffee break!



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (approx. 2 large lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper (the size I’ve used is 8.5×4.5 inches – you can use a slightly bigger one too, it just may not be as “tall”).
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds. Set aside.
  3. Add lemon zest and sugar in a mixing bowl, rubbing the mixture between your fingers until a coarse sand-like mix forms. Using an electric hand mixer, cream in room temperature butter. Add lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon extract until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing between each addition.
  4. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the wet (vegetable oil and sour cream). Starting and ending with the dry ingredients (I do 3 dry additions, and 2 wet).
  5. Bake for 52-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you use a different size pan, cooking time may vary slightly, so be sure to check it close to the end. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, remove and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  6. Icing: Using an electric mixer, combine lemon juice, vanilla bean, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Once loaf is completely cooled, spread on top.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
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