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SRC: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Poppyseed Bread Slice

I’ve always had a thing for lemon poppy seed muffins. Why I’ve never made them, I’m not sure. The extra stress of shopping for poppy seeds? Who knows. So when I was assigned to Traci’s Burnt Apple blog, through the Secret Recipe Club, I knew exactly what I would be making. I absolutely love Traci’s honesty. In her introduction, she admits to making a muffin so hard her husband tossed it through the wall, literally. She couldn’t cook. Yet her determination and growing family, forced her to take on the challenge. Burnt Apple is filled with healthy recipes, but unless you read the recipe, you’d never know. Everything just looks so tasty!

I played around with Traci’s recipe a bit and lucked out with the measurements. Her recipe made 2 loaves, which is perfect for a family of 5, yet a bit much for just my husband and I. The problem was 3 eggs. If anyone out there has found a way to split an egg in half for a recipe, without using egg substitutes, please share! So instead, I went with 2/3 the recipe. I loved the addition of yogurt, but fruit yogurt isn’t something I usually buy. So instead I subbed plain yogurt with some of my favorite King Arthur lemon powder. Overall, Traci’s claim of the moistest lemon poppy seed cake is spot on.

Poppyseed Bread Ingredients

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf (Adapted from Burnt Apple)

  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon powder
  • 1/4 c poppy seeds
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • Splash vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c applesauce
  • 1 meyer lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 c yogurt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour loaf pan and set aside. In a small bowl mix together dry ingredients–flours, baking soda, salt, lemon powder and poppy seeds.

Poppyseed Bread Mix

In a large bowl, beat sugar vanilla and butter until light and fluffy. Add a splash of vanilla and continue mixing. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add applesauce, lemon juice, zest and yogurt, mixing until well combined. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

Poppyseed Bread

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes. Tops of the loaf will brown lightly, and a knife inserted into the center of the loaf will come out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto cooling racks.

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31 thoughts on “SRC: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf”

  1. What gorgeous flavours, I love lemon anything!

    A tip for splitting an egg: one large egg is usually 1/4c, simply whisk the egg with a fork and measure out 2 Tbsp (there are 4 Tbsp in 1/4c) for your recipe – it will be close enough to half! (I always just cook the other half in a pan for a mini omelette cook’s treat ;D)

    1. Thanks Renee. I try to sub applesauce for at least half the fat in a lot of baking. It does keep it incredibly moist and has never really altered the flavor of the dish.

  2. Great pick! Reminds me that I have only added poppy seeds to pasta and haven’t actually baked with them yet. Definitely need to try. I have halved an egg a few times- mostly for breakfast baked goods when I don’t need 20 muffins for myself. I crack the egg into a small bowl and carefully add 1/2 of it to the recipe-half the yolk, half the egg whites.

    1. Mmmm, so jealous Jess. We’re starting to break out of a deep freeze, maybe. Lemon trees aren’t very common in Brooklyn but anything growing on a tree sounds horribly distant at this point 😦

  3. I’ve never baked anything with lemon and poppyseed but I do love eating lemon poppyseed muffins from my local cafe. I think that I need to make this gorgeous loaf so I can eat lemon poppyseed goodness at home also! Looks delicious Mel. Great post!

    1. Thanks Laura. That was my thinking too. I love eating lemon poppy seed muffins and bread. Is it really try I’ve never baked it? In fact I realized it was the first time I’ve bought poppy seeds. 1 jar makes about 2 loafs. I’m going need to start buying in bulk now.

  4. whenever I get lemon poppyseed muffins/loaf I think of Seinfeld.
    Anyway, I have not made some in the longest of time. I think that needs to change and since you say this is really moist I’ll try this recipe.

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