Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Icing

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This delicious lemon poppy seed bread with lemon icing is so moist and simple to make, it simply takes you minutes to put together and in the oven it goes.


You guys, I promise you will love this amazing lemon poppy seed bread. I told you before I don’t usually like Starbucks, but when I do go there there are 2 things I always get. It’s either a non-fat latte or my favorite there, their lemon poppy seed bread. But I guarantee you that my lemon poppy seed bread is way better than Starbucks!

This here my friends, is one yummy and delicious lemony, moist poppy seed bread. That icing, oh that icing is to die for! So if you like lemony desserts you will love this bread.

I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, but with all the baking I did at Christmas I was putting it off until it was absolutely necessary, like last weekend. Not that I’d need a special excuse or anything to make this.


Don’t you love my new loaf pans? Found these at Target and I especially like them because they are extra long, so you get nice long and a bit thinner breads.

So you all know I love baking, but honestly this bread is so easy to make, I wouldn’t even classify this as baking. It literally took me a few minutes to mix all the ingredients together and there’s nothing more I love than the smell of some delicious bread baking in the oven.

This delicious lemon poppy seed bread did not last long. I thought I was going to have some for breakfast every day this week but I was not so lucky. My husband loved it and it was gone in a day and a half. Of course he’s not the only one to blame, I helped as well. There’s so much lemon flavor in this bread and I don’t know, but there’s just something about lemon and poppy seed together that I just love. Hope you all give it a try and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as we did.


4.7 from 3 reviews
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Icing
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Serves: 10-12
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • juice from one lemon
Lemon Icing
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups (or more) powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Grease a bread pan with butter or oil.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients into the flour bowl and slowly stir just until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared bread pan and bake for 45 min to 1 hour or until you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.
  5. In the meantime whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together, add more lemon juice or powdered sugar as necessary until you get the consistency you want.
  6. Let bread cool completely before drizzling with lemon icing.


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  1. Rita Halporn says

    Your recipe popped up while I was looking for a way to use up some lemons by making a lemon poppyseed cake. It looks by far the best and I will try it in a few days. Judging by the comments, I have found the best lemon poppyseed cake recipe!

  2. Mary says

    Hi Jo,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! This is by far the best lemon poppyseed loaf I have had! And I didn’t even make the glaze yet! (As another reviewer stated, I will add more lemon next time, but it is still great as is!)
    I also used 0% plain Greek yogurt (what I had on hand).
    The only real issue I had is it turned out kind of flat in the middle but the sides were a little higher, is that normal & what would cause that???
    Thanks again!

    • says

      Hi Mary,
      I’m glad you like this lemon poppyseed loaf. I am not sure why your bread turned kind of flat in the middle, the only thing I can think of maybe is the baking powder, make sure it’s measured properly and also that it’s not too old. The other thing that could be is too much moisture, the mixture was maybe too wet, it needed more flour.

  3. Emily says

    Hello, great recipe! It’s a good as you promised :) just a note: in step one you forgot to add sugar to the list of dry ingredients that needed to be mixed together. I was slightly confused, and took a risk to indeed add the sugar. Turned out perfectly.

    Thanks :)

    • says

      Hi Emily, glad you liked the bread. I actually added the sugar with the wet ingredients, just to dissolve the sugar a bit, then added that to the dry ingredients. Shouldn’t really matter though. :)

  4. Tammy g says

    So, made this bread tonight and it is scrumptious! I baked it in 4 Mimi loaf pans thinking I could take it to work for co-workers. Silly me it didn’t make it out of the house. My family devoured it. love the lemony taste, will make more and try again to share! Thanks for the recipe…..

  5. michelle says

    If I use two regular size loaf pans will this make two loaves of bread? Also how long do I cook them if using two regular pans?
    thank you look forward to making this recipe I love lemon.
    thinking of adding blueberries 6o the mixture as its a really good flavor combination. As is blueberry cornbread!

    • says

      Yes you can make 2 loaves with 2 regular size loaf pans, they’re just going to be a bit smaller. I still think you’ll need about 45 minutes, but I’d start checking after 30 minutes with a toothpick and check for doneness.

      • michelle says

        Thank you! Just put them in the oven! Is the batter supposed yo be pretty thick? It wasnt very fluid/pourable like other bread recipes I have.
        Do you think it would be okay to double the recipe and be able to make 2 regular size bread with my 9″ loaf pans?
        I’m planning on going to Target tomorrow to get one of those 12″long bread pans and try another loaf tomorrow as I’m sure these will be devoured tonight by my hubby during the Patriots AFC game. I do like the idea of one big long loaf.
        ok lots of questions LOL
        will let you know how they came out.

        • says

          Yeah the batter is a bit thick. If you double the recipe, you might end up with a bit more batter for 2 9″ loaf pans, and if you fill them to the top, it might flow over the edges as it bakes, but I have not tried so I can’t tell for sure. If you want to double the recipe, perhaps 3 9″ loaf pans might be better. :)

          • michelle says

            Thanks! They came out little less than 2 inches tall each. I baked them for 35 minutes. They are a little over baked. Tomorrow I will try putting the whole batter in one loaf pan to see how it comes out. Think I will add more real lemon juice to the batter as I like a more lemony tasting cake also. Just personal tweaks here and there.

  6. Allison says

    I was thinking of making this tonight so I can have it with my tea in the morning but I don’t have greek yogurt, do you know if you have to use the greek yogurt for the recipe?

  7. Brandy Amburgey says

    It turned out amazing. I used two loaf pans and they were done in 40 minutes. The yogurt makes this moist, so don’t leave it out. It would be awesome with flavored Greek yogurt too, such as lemon or blueberry. One loaf is almost gone and it just came out of the oven an hour and a half ago.

  8. Jeanne says

    This looks delicious! Had a special request for lemon poppy seed & yours looks the best by far! Will be making it tomorrow. What size of pan should be used for this? If it’s the bigger one how long in oven for two smaller loaves?

    • says

      The one I used for this poppy seed bread were the 12 inch bread pans. If you use 2 smaller one, like the regular size loaf pans, I would still bake it for the same amount of time, but I’d check it after 45 minutes with a toothpick to see if it’s done. Maybe even before, depends on your oven too. Let me know how you like it!!

  9. Justin says

    I fixed this for my family last night. It was really good! Everyone loved it and I wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe.

  10. says

    It looks great! I love lemon and poppy seed. I will have to try it! I found you on Pinterest and am following you now!. If you’re still accepting new members, I would love an invite to your Greatest Food Blogger Recipes Pinterest board! My interest link is here…http://www.pinterest.com/martic.

    Thank you!


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