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, 0 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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Staci User ID: 5057552 263425
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"My loaves aren't very high. Anyone else have this problem? They didn't bake any taller than when the batter was poured into pan."

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 231965
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!"

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 230880
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."

salimom User ID: 4432864 226246
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"wonderful and moist, so easy to make.

my co workers loved it"

CThebeau User ID: 7675481 18115
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

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

jdm46 User ID: 752687 19542
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!"

mmkreider User ID: 4550108 39482
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"I baked this recipe in pint jars and sealed them. I used them as gifts for my daughter's bridal shower. I will use this recipe again. It's delicious!"

Sheri the Cookie Queen User ID: 5632113 18278
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"I also use lemon cake mix."

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 18112
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"If you are used to "made from scratch" breads... this one is disappointing. It is OK... but the cake mix flavor and texture is definitely there. won't bake again."

MBHC User ID: 7072835 39481
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I also used lemon cake mix. This bread/cake is delicious."

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