Moist and flavorful, enjoy a scrumptious slice of this quick and easy 5-ingredient lemon poppy seed bread for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
I have a dear reader to thank for sharing this lemon poppy seed bread recipe with me. It’s one of her mother’s best-loved recipes and it’s becoming one of mine. We all know how much I love using cake mixes in many of my baking recipes. They just make life so much easier, what can I say!
For this lemon poppy seed loaf, we’re using a lemon cake mix along with a lemon instant pudding mix for all the zesty lemon flavor you could possibly want. Other than that, you just need some eggs, oil, water, and the all-important poppy seeds. Now, the instructions for this one are really hard (just kidding!). All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients, spread the batter into two pans, and your lemon bread will be ready in a flash.
Who can say no to a five-ingredient quick bread recipe that’s this easy? Not me! I highly recommend serving a warm slice of lemon poppy seed bread with butter alongside your morning cup of coffee. It’s soft, moist, and has the perfect amount of lemon flavor. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me. If you’re on the lookout for more lemon recipes, check out this blog post for 10 lemon recipes to brighten your day.
- Lemon cake mix
- Lemon instant pudding mix
- Vegetable oil (I personally use )
- Poppy seeds
How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Grease 2 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Instead of adding flour, use sugar.
Mix both the and the together until well combined.
Note: I like to add 1 teaspoon of lemon oil (you can also use or ) for an extra lemon “kick”.
Pour batter evenly into the loaf pans.
Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350° F.
Test with a toothpick for doneness. Transfer lemon poppy seed bread from the to a wire rack to cool.
Serve your lemon loaf slices warm or cold. Enjoy!
- Cover and store your lemon bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Freeze leftover slices for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before enjoying.
- To enhance the lemon flavor in this recipe, while the bread is still warm drizzle it with a lemon glaze that will soak into the bread. All you need to do is combine 1/2-cup of confectioner’s sugar with 1 tablespoon of bottled or fresh lemon juice. You can also drizzle over some lemon syrup.
- Another way to add more is to add some grated ( ) to the batter or grate some on top of the .
- If you want to get fancy, add some candied lemon slices to the top of your lemon .
- You can swap the poppy seeds for black sesame seeds or chia seeds if you like. Otherwise, omit them completely.
- Serve a slice of the poppy seed with for a delicious treat.
- You can definitely use this recipe to make too. You’ll just need to adjust the cooking time by about half.
- Add Mama’s Custard Sauce or Cream Cheese and you have yourself some heaven on a plate.
Check out these other lovely lemon-flavored recipes:
Lemon Chess Pie: A Southern Family Tradition
- 1 box lemon cake mix with pudding in the mix
- 1 packet lemon instant pudding mix 4-serving size
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 4 lightly beaten eggs
- 1/8 cup poppy seeds
- Grease 2 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Instead of adding flour, use sugar.
- Mix both the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.1 box lemon cake mix, 1 packet lemon instant pudding mix, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup water, 4 lightly beaten eggs, 1/8 cup poppy seeds
- Note: I like to add 1 teaspoon lemon oil (you can also use lemon extract or fresh lemon juice) for an extra lemon “kick”.
- Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350° F. Test with a toothpick for doneness.
Recipe from Betty Barnes, given by her loving daughter, Pat.
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I am so sad to hear of your Moms passing. Mothers are special people in our lives. Cherish your memories of her. She will never be truly gone from you as she is a part of you and lives in your heart.
I made this recipe tonight, and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. The flavor was fine, but the texture was too light and airy for my tastes. It was more like a cake than a dense, moist quick bread. Maybe I’ve gotten so used to the texture of pumpkin bread that I expect all breads to be that dense and heavy. I think I’ll try to find a recipe that uses regular flour rather than a cake mix as the base.
Hope you are able to find what you are looking for. Have a Merry Christmas.
Christy – it is with deep sadness that I have to tell you that Mom passed away April 29. I miss her so!
Wow! Another different and amazing recipe. I love poppy seeds and you have used very simple ingredients.
Pat! Kindly tell me can we store this poppy seed bread for 2-3 days in a refrigerator?
Hi Christy – a brief update on Mom – she fell back at the beginning of October and hit her head, requiring brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. She was discharged from the rehab hospital last week to a nursing home, where she continues to regain her strength. My fervent hope is that she will be back home with me VERY soon!
I’m so glad you featured my Mom and her recipe on your blog. I’ve shared it with all of my friends via Facebook & Pinterest.
I just made these into muffins and they are fantastic! My store did not have instant lemon pudding so I used vanilla. They were delicous but can’t wait to make them again once I find the lemon pudding! I added 1 tsp lemon extract. Muffins were perfect in about 20 minutes cooking time.
Pat…can’t wait to try this incredible recipe! Thanks to you and your mother both for sharing it! I’ve just read through all the comments and I can’t believe not one, single person mentioned how you are the absolute spittin’ image of your dear mama! 🙂
Thanks, Debbie, Pat and Christy for clearing up the lemon oil and poppy seed questions! Some of us seniors and youngster’s learned something new today, never too old to learn something new…lol