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Poppy Seed Lemon Bread

A mild lemon flavor comes through in this tall loaf flecked with poppy seeds. "Slices are good spread with nutmeg butter or cream cheese," suggests Claudia Moffatt of Manchester, Missouri.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
  • Makes
    1 loaf (1-1/2 pounds, 16 slices)


  • 3/4 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • In bread machine pan, place the first 11 ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available.
  • Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • In a small bowl, combine nutmeg butter ingredients; beat until blended. Refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 181 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • sweetbabysam
    Apr 25, 2019

    Turned out horrible, loaf lopsided and crust too hard. What a waste of some expensive ingredients. :(

  • lrwells50
    Jun 25, 2011

    This is a great breakfast bread! I was so impressed with the first loaf that I made another for a friend.

  • Ti Joy
    Jan 31, 2011

    I tried this special bread one evening so we would have a quick breakfast on a rushed morning. We ate the whole loaf in 2 days, and I immediately made another loaf to take to a church lunch. Everyone who ate it loved it, and the nutmeg butter is a lovely touch.