Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

I am a huge fan of this recipe.

There is no need to go to the bakery or grocery store for lemon poppy seed bread, make it at home and fall in love with lemon all over again.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

If you don’t have poppy seeds on hand or don’t want to buy them (especially because what other recipes call for poppy seeds?) just skip them – it won’t affect the baking or taste of the loaf.

And then you don’t have to worry about them getting stuck in your teeth (uh, guilty!).

But they are kind of fun and truly make this a lemon poppy seed loaf.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Oh my.. yum. This recipe turns out to be moist, not crumbly, and 100 times better than store bought muffins or bread.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: One 9x5 inch loaf pan


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • finely grated zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, from fresh lemons
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl, put aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest, until light and creamy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next.
  5. Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Stir in the lemon juice, and half of the sour cream until combined.
  7. Add half of the remaining flour mixture, and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining sour cream. Stir in the rest of the flour mixture, and then the poppy seeds.
  8. Grease a 9 x 5 inch pan loaf. Pour in the batter.
  9. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

For muffins: Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper baking cups. Fill each to the top with batter. Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from About.com


Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Breakfast done right!

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29 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf”

  1. arzea — November 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Yum! This looks so tasty and I love lemon poppy seed muffins! I am going to cook this up this weekend! Pinning!

    • The First Year Blog — November 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

      I hope you all love it Allyson!

  2. Chelsea — November 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This looks so good! I love lemon poppyseed muffins, so I can’t imagine not liking this! Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — November 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      You are very welcome!

  3. Angela — November 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    This looks delicious. and the photos are beautiful! http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

    • The First Year Blog — November 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment Angela!

  4. Christeen — November 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    My mouth is actually watering. I’m seriously thinking about forgetting I’ve got to clean the bathroom to head to the fruit shop just to get lemons.

    • The First Year Blog — November 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Good choice :-) The cleaning can wait.

  5. thecraftingfoodie — November 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    This looks so delicious – I love, love lemon poppy seed cake. I have some extra lemons in the fridge. After Thanksgiving this may be my next baking project, and maybe I’ll add some lemon glaze on top! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — November 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Sounds delicious, can I come over and help bake?!

  6. Katie Goldsworthy — November 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Looks delicious! Pinning to the Monday Funday pin board!

    • The First Year Blog — November 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thank you Katie!

  7. Rachel Rockwell (@BubblyNature) — December 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yum! One of my faves as a muffin…so I know that I would love this!!! :)

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I am right there with you!

  8. Sherri @ MadeFromPinterest — January 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Lemon and poppy seed are such a classic combination with good reason. This sounds like a great recipe. We would love to have you share your great work with your readers at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. http://www.madefrompinterest.net.

    • The First Year Blog — January 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      I’ll be there to share, thanks Sherri!

  9. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} — January 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Weekend re-Treat this week and sharing this post with us! Wanted to stop by your blog and Pin it to our Party Boards while I was here tonight !

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  10. Kelley — January 3, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Looks great! I need to make this! I agree, never buy the stuff, it’s always so greasy. Thanks for posting the recipe! Found you on the Creativity Unleashed Linky Party :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Have a great day Kelley!

  11. jocieopc — January 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    i love lemon poppyseed bread. totally putting this on my “to make” list! thanks so much for linking up this morning at Creativity Unleashed! xoxo

  12. Joanne T Ferguson — January 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    G’day and YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Meals in 30 Minutes Party!

  13. G’day! Still love lemon cake Beth!
    Thanks for sharing as part of Foodie Friends Friday Snack Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  14. Lora — January 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Delicious. Made this recipe as muffins. 20-25 mins is all they needed. The batter was super thick and i had not made a similar recipe before so i was a little afraid that they would end up as rock hard lumps. They ended up wonderful. Made a quick lemon glaze with the leftover lemon juice for the tops as they overcooked by a few minutes since i had it preset to 30 mins.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Lora, I am so glad they turned out as muffins! I love this recipe!


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