Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins

This tart, yet sweet, tea bread, from Sister Schubert's book, Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters: Recipes for Success, Cooking & Living (2009), is perfect for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. According to Schubert, 'Freshly grated lemon zest gives these sweet fragrant loaves their excellent flavor. Try to grate only the rind and not the white pith of the lemons.'


3cups all-purpose flour
2teaspoons baking powder
1/4teaspoon salt
2tablespoons poppy seeds
2tablespoons coarsely grated lemon rind
2cups sugar
1cup vegetable oil
3/4cup milk
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2teaspoon almond extract
3large eggs
2cups powdered sugar, sifted
2teaspoons coarsely grated lemon rind
1/4cup fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease bottoms only of two (8½ x 4½ x 3-inch) loaf pans.
  2. To prepare bread, combine first 5 ingredients (flour through lemon rind) in a large bowl and blend well.
  3. Combine sugar and next 5 ingredients (sugar through eggs) in a mixing bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 1 hour, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. To prepare glaze, while bread is baking, combine all ingredients; stir well to combine. Remove loaves from oven; drizzle immediately with glaze. Let cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; turn out onto wire racks, and let cool completely. Makes 2  loaves.

Reprinted with permission from Sister Schubert’s Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters: Recipes for Success, Cooking & Living (2009).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 17
  • Calories 390
  • Fat 16g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Cholesterol 35mg
  • Sodium 115mg
  • Potassium 60mg
  • Carbohydrate 60g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 41g
  • Protein 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 8%
  • Iron 8%