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sliced and glazed lemon poppy seed loaf on wire rack

Best Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Desserts & Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


The best lemon poppy seed bread that you’ll ever have is right here. This lemon loaf is so easy to make, extra moist, and loaded with lemony flavor. Bakery style reminiscent and topped with a luscious lemon glaze!


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ounces full-fat sour cream, or plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from same zested lemon)

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan very well and then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds together. Whisk the dry ingredients well to combine and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, crack open the eggs and whisk together. Then add in the almond extract, sour cream, maple syrup, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Whisk the wet ingredients super well to thoroughly combine.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to fold everything together until just combined. 
  5. Empty the batter into the prepared loaf pan and use an offset spatula to smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Remove from heat and allow the bread to cool down for 10-15 minutes before taking it out of the pan. After cooling, carefully remove the bread from the pan and set the bread onto a wire rack to continue cooling down before drizzling on glaze.
  8. Drizzle the lemon glaze on top of the bread and let set, about 3-5 minutes. Then use a sharp knife to cut the lemon poppy seed bread into slices and serve. Enjoy!

Lemon Glaze

  1. In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice together. Mix together until smooth and then add in the extract and lemon zest, if using. Continue mixing until combined. For a thinner consistency, add in a little more lemon juice to thin out, if desired.


  1. Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.
  2. Feel free to use 1-2 tablespoons of poppy seeds if you prefer more.

Keywords: baking, lemon, desserts, sweets, loaf, cake