Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Here is another sweet bread recipe that makes a great homemade gift. The best part about this bread is the glaze on top of it. O-M-G! It is SOOOOO good. It is made with orange juice. It really gives this bread a whole new level of flavor. I would love to slice off the top hump of the bread and just eat that all by myself.  I don't, but I want to.

This recipe makes two loaves. I always give one away. This bread is dangerous in our house. We have absolutely no self-control when it is around. This makes a great hostess gift or easy gift for a teacher, neighbor, co-worker or friend. I promise they will love it!

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Almond Poppy Seed Bread
adapted from Taste of Home
2 loaves
(Printable Recipe)

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  •  Glaze
  •  3/4 cup powdered sugar
  •  1/4 cup orange juice
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  •  1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9x4-inch loaf pans.

In the bowl on an electric mixer, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, poppy seeds, lemon juice and extracts; beat until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, beating just until moistened.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm loaves. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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  1. This would make a great gift for me Stephanie! I just love this bread, especially the glaze!

  2. is this different than cake? I buy poppy seed cake from the grocery store every once in a while...good stuff. I love the glaze on the top and the richness and moistness of the cake.

  3. I made this on Sunday to take to church for snacks. I had to improvise since I didn't have any orange juice in the house. I took a large spoonful of peach jam added a splash of water to dilute it and make it liquidy and used that instead of the orange juice. Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. It was yummy!!

  4. I have been struggling trying to figure out something to finish off a gift basket for my secretary for Christmas. This will be perfect!

  5. I make the Jen & Mary's Orange Glazed poppyseed bread all the time. We love it. I am going to try this version.

  6. Made it this morning ,At first it was going to be too much milk ,but the more I stirred the better it looked. It turned out beautiful ! It even taste great ! Thanks !

  7. This looks so good :) I love almond and I am with you -- love that top bit of bread the best!

  8. This bread looks absolutely heavenly. Thanks for such a great recipe! :)

  9. Made this today and I can' I followed the recipe exactly except I cut the sugar by 1/4 cup. It's still plenty sweet enough. I was going to give away the other loaf, but now I'm not so sure. :)


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