Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Poppy Seed Loaf

One of my sons learned to make this at a friend’s house, and it became such a favorite of our family that I started buying poppy seeds in bulk. (Note: Don’t eat this bread the day before a drug test)

And here's an interesting personal note. Our son was about twelve when he made this bread, like every day for a year. He is now 28, married, and his wife Erin is my website photographer. She's the one who took these pictures of the Poppy Seed Loaf. It's funny how life has these little connections, isn't it?

Poppy Seed Loaf
1 cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
½ cup oil
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Glaze: ½ cup powdered sugar stirred into two tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of a large bread loaf pan.

Mix liquid ingredients: milk, almond extract, oil, egg. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just enough to blend together. Pour batter into pan then bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until done (toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean.)

Remove from pan and while warm drizzle top with glaze. Cool completely before slicing.


  1. My kids all love poppy seed bread and muffins but we only ever had them in the summer because of drug testing for sports in school.

  2. Yum, poppy seeds in anything make my mouth water.

  3. This looks lovely. I made bread once - my brother was a farmer, and when the children were little we went to the farm for harvest, to see the wheat brought it, then to the mill to see it ground into flour, bought flour home to make bread ... it was solid enough to build a house with ... oh well, I tried!

  4. Oooo... Karen, that looks so good. I love poppyseed loafs... especially the lemon kind... But I will DEFINITELY try this recipe...

    Thanks so much for sharing your family treasures with all of us!

  5. I don't think we've ever used poppy seeds. I do know they mess up a drug test though!

  6. My favourite loaf of all time!

  7. I have to try your recipes. Sounds great. Nice blog. Just checking in to say hi. Margareta

  8. If you hadn't posted this gratis of your son, I would have had to invent something like it. Everything I like in one. I make quick breads every other day and this one is next. (No drug tests on the horizon, phew!)

  9. I printed this one out to try. I love poppy seed loaf!!
    A to Z-ing to the end
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  10. Hi Karen .. what a lovely family tale - I love bread, it's not so keen on me! ... but this looks delicious, and all I can say is how clever of son number X to marry Erin - yes her photos are excellent!

    Cheers to you all .. Hilary

  11. This bread is delicious!! Of course I enjoy all of your food! You are an amazing cook! :)

  12. I've enjoyed poppy seed bagels and poppy seed muffins. The bread looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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