Recipe – Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread


This quick bread is dense, moist, and loaded with lemon flavor.  This quick bread makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.

Basic Recipe Information

Prep Time Prep Time:

  • 10 minutes

Cook Time Cook Time:

  • 60 minutes

Total Time Total Time:

  • 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 12 slices


Loaf Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 large or jumbo eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Preparation Directions

The Loaf

  • Gather the recipe ingredients
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Grease and lightly flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Add in the zest, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and poppy seeds.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Gradually, add and mix the sour cream and flour.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake the loaf (about 55-60 minutes ) on the center shelf of the oven until golden brown on top or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

How to serve

  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

How to Store

  • In the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days
  • In the freezer:  In an airtight plastic wrap for up to a month.

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