Poppy Seed Bread

Poppy Seed Bread

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Poppy Seed Bread is a recipe I received from my Aunt Ruth. It’s a super moist bread to share with your loved ones and friends at Christmas and one of our favorites. And while it’s perfect to give as a Christmas food gift, you’ll want to save back a few loaves for your own enjoyment.

(Recipe modified with new pictures on 12/15/21)

Giving Poppy Seed Bread as Christmas Gifts

We love to serve it for a holiday tea party. It’s pretty with it’s sugared sprinkles and candied cherries. Flavored with orange, almond, and poppy seeds, it’s lovely with a pot of tea, perhaps Apricot Brandy,  Margaret’s Hope First Flush Darjeeling, or Yunnan Golden Monkey Imperial.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Poppy Seed Bread

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • poppy seed
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • whole milk
  • vegetable oil
  • large eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • butter flavoring
  • almond extract

Glaze

  • powdered sugar
  • orange juice
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • candied cherries
  • red and green sugar sprinkles

 

Instructions to Make This Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Coat inside of baking pans with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, sugar, poppy seed, baking powder, and salt. Add in whole milk, vegetable oil, large eggs, vanilla extract, butter flavoring, and almond extract. Mix together until incorporated.

Spoon Batter into Small Loaf Pans

Pour into two prepared regular loaf pans or 4-6 mini loaf pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes until tops turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaves comes out clean.

 

To Make the Glaze

Ingredients for the Orange Glaze

Using a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Whisk together until smooth.

Drizzle Glaze over Tops of Bread

Drizzle glaze over the tops of loaves while warm. If the loaves are small enough, you might also dip the tops into the glaze, which is a bit faster to do.

Garnishing the Bread with Sprinkles and Candied Cherries

I like to garnish the small loaves with halved candied cherries and sugar sprinkles. It just makes them seem more festive.

Serving Poppy Seed Bread at a Tea Party

This recipe will make 2-6 loaves, depending on how big your loaf pans are. Enjoy this bread with a cup of hot tea for an enjoyable morning or afternoon snack. It works great for tea parties, too!

See more Quick Bread Recipes Here. View more Holiday Baking Ideas Here.

 

Recipe for Poppy Seed Bread

Poppy Seed Bread

Poppy Seed Bread is a recipe I received from my Aunt Ruth. It's a super moist bread to share with your loved ones and friends at Christmas and one of our favorites.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breads, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Food Gifts, Holiday Baking, Poppy Seeds, Quick Breads, Tea Parties
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 24

Equipment

Measuring Tools
Aluminum Mini Pans
Mini Loaf Pan
Cooling Rack

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/8 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

Glaze:

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • candied cherries halved
  • red and green sugar sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Coat inside of baking pans with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, sugar, poppy seed, baking powder, and salt. Add in whole milk, vegetable oil, large eggs, vanilla extract, butter flavoring, and almond extract. Mix together until incorporated.
  • Pour into 2 prepared regular loaf pans or 4-6 mini loaf pans. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes until tops turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaves comes out clean.

Make the Glaze

  • Using a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Drizzle glaze over the tops of loaves while warm. Garnish with halved candied cherries and sugar sprinkles. Makes 2 regular loaves or 6 mini loaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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