Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe
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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

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The days that I have extra time for baking are few and far between. That's why this extra-quick bread is perfect. You and your family will love the ease of preparation and the delicious flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 120 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Fold in poppy seeds.
  2. Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Lemon Poppy Seed Bread in Cookin' Up Country Breakfasts Cookbook 1994, p49

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"This bread is very moist and easy to make. Next time I will add a bit of lemon extract as well. I also drizzled them with a powdered sugar glaze which was perfect!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Yes, this was easy and moist. We thought it lacked a bit of lemon flavor. Next time we will add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract.

We also made a banana bread and strawberry bread and my family all thought the lemon bread was the driest.
Not sure yet if we have found the BEST lemon poppy seed bread recipe yet."

Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"wonderful and moist, so easy to make.

my co workers loved it"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"I absolutely loved this bread! I added a little powdered sugar icing to it ... yum! Thanks! This is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"I made this today and was disappointed. I used lemon cake mix, and substituted 1/4 c. lemon juice for part of the water, and it tasted o.k, but the loaves don't rise very high, like a quick bread should. I'm still looking for a good recipe. So far, Pillsbury's mix is the best I've found. Disappointing!"

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