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Light and Lemony Poppy Seed Bread

Treat your taste buds to the citrusy tang of fresh lemons in this delicate lemon-poppy seed loaf.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.+ cooling
  • Makes
    Makes 1 loaf, 12 slices


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, oat bran, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter, egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until loaf is light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
  • Cool loaf in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on rack. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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  • fefekeefe
    Apr 30, 2014

    I make this bread all the time, it's a favorite in my house and doesn't last long. The only thing I do differently is to substitute more flour for the oats.

  • schade
    Jun 16, 2013

    I made this as the recipe stated and found it to be on the dry side and not much lemon flavor. Sorry, would not make again.

  • MTuggle
    Feb 11, 2011

    We love this recipe because it's light and delicious.

  • Love2Experiment
    Jan 8, 2011

    Love this bread! The combination of lemon and poppy seeds is wonderful! To make it slightly healthier, I used a scant 3/4 c. turbinado sugar and substituted 1/8 c. vegetable oil and 1/8 c. applesauce in lieu of 1/4 c. melted butter or oil. I baked longer for 45 minutes. Still moist and so good!

  • nurse3882
    Sep 1, 2010

    No comment left

  • cookarika
    Aug 27, 2010

    Excellent bread with great citrus flavor!

  • Jevangel
    May 8, 2010

    also i forgot that i used instead on of just one or the other for butter or oil i used 1/8 of each.

  • Jevangel
    May 8, 2010

    this recipe is great, i used regular oats in stead of oat bran. it was so moist and yummy, every one loved it. also a good topper to the bread is a lemon glave made of a half of lemon and about 3 tbsp of powdered suger.

  • rddowden
    May 6, 2010

    I have made this 4 times now and it is wonderful! The last time I made it, I reduced the white sugar, added a little brown sugar, and upped the lemon just a touch. Its great as is though. I love to have a slice with my tea for breakfast.

  • Yakarobed
    Apr 5, 2010

    I made the recipe exactly as stated and it came out wonderful. I use organic lemons, which tend to have more lemon flavor. I liked the dense texture of this bread as it seemed to be more filling than most lemon poppy seed breads.