Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread #SundaySupper

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

I’m very scent oriented. By that I mean I like things that smell good.  Who doesn’t?  Well Dad since he’s having an issue and can’t currently smell much of anything, but other than that we all love closing our eyes, taking a deep breath, and being greeted by something magnificent.

Flowers.  Rain.  Freshly cut grass.  Shampoo and conditioner.

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

And don’t even get me started on food smells.  They are life.  sometimes a smell is almost as good as eating the real thing.  In the case of coffee, it’s usually better.  Though the Whole30 has taught me that coffee is wonderful, yes, even black.

Smells can alert us to danger, relax us, enhance memories and remind us of old ones.  It’s rather amazing how powerful something so seemingly simple really is.

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Lemons and citrus in general are some of my all-time favorite smells.  Yes, they are food and remind us of all good citrusy foods we love, but they are also a little sweet and fresh and clean and calming.  There is actually scientific proof that lemons are calming and can help remedy a headache.

I am not ashamed to admit, I have now and then cut a lemon open just to smell it all day long.

When zesting lemons for this Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread, I could see the oils bursting into the air and inhaling the scent was wonderful.  Though citrus is really a winter thing, the brightness totally reminds me of spring and hope and life.

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

The smell when this bread was baking wasn’t too shabby either.  Of course, neither is the taste.  In fact, this is one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Maybe it’s because it was one of my first real tastes of dessert since the Whole30, but I have a feeling it’s also because it’s awesome.

What’s not to love about a dense, cakey loaf studded with tons of poppy seeds and fragrant with lemon juice and zest.  I don’t typically like the crusty tops of treats like this, but there was something about these corners, all caramelized and crunchy that is beyond addictive.

Finished with a sticky glaze, this bread needs to be the next thing you bake.  Don’t forget to take some time to smell the lemons while you do!

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
¾ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)
½ cup olive oil
Zest of 2 lemons
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Make the bread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and flour a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, egg, milk, oil, lemon juice and zest, and poppy seeds. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt until mostly combined – a few lumps are okay.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before loosening it around the edges and inverting it onto a serving plate.
  4. While the bread cools, make the glaze. In a medium microwave safe bowl, stir together sugar and lemon juice. Microwave on high in 15 second increments, stirring in between until the sugar is dissolved. Spoon evenly over cake and allow to sit for at least an hour so the glaze can soak in.
  5. Bread may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.


Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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  1. You can never go wrong with Lemons and Poppy seeds in my opinion. One of my favorite flavor combos.

  2. Oh my! Your post is making my mouth water! Just thinking about the lemon oil bursting into the air makes me smile. I love lemon & this bread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I agree on scents. Citrus is one of my favorites too! I mix together orange oil and distilled water to make a great air freshener. Love this loaf!

  4. Laura, I was honestly searching for a recipe for a lemon-poppy seed cake recipe the other day! I’m happy to have your now, looks perfect and I have no doubt it smelled amazing while it was baking!

    • It took me a long time to decide on this recipe and I tweaked it some and it seriously came out perfect. I hope you try it, Marcelle.

  5. Oh, boy, this is a picture perfect loaf of lemon poppy seed bread! It’s one of my daughter’s favorite treats—I need to bake this for her (I’d get my fill, too!!!).

  6. Your lemon and poppy seed bread looks moist and delicious, I bet your kitchen smelled wonderful.

  7. I love a good lemon/poppyseed loaf!

  8. Lemon poppyseed ANYTHING is always 100% in my book!

  9. Your lemon poppy seed looks perfectly moist and yummy. Believe lemons, citrus smells are healing…I use a citrus “happy” aromatherapy mister in my home =) P.s. Love that you kept the recipe dairy free, too.

  10. I totally agree! I love lemon smells–this gorgeous loaf must smell like heaven as it bakes 🙂

  11. Debbie Eccard says:

    Great pictures of this wonderful treat! Love lemon poppy seed and this bread looks super good! My mouth is watering……

  12. Love lemon, and it combines so well with poppy seeds. You made this bread just for me, didn’t you? 🙂


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