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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

This Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is easy to make and the glaze that gets poured over makes this a definite winner.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with a sweet and delicious glaze - recipe on RachelCooks.com

I know I’m a little late to the Meyer lemon party, but better late than never, right? I’m usually late to most parties. Except real-life parties. I’m always awkwardly early to those. Like…drive around the block a few times to kill some time. At least I used to be that way. Before kids. Now I’m running out the door trying to beat the clock.

But other things? Late to the party. Quinoa. Kale. Late to those parties (definitely at the party now though!). Fashion trends — always UNfashionably late to THOSE parties. I’m a lost cause. I like to tell myself I don’t follow fashion trends because I have a very classic style and not prefer clothes/jewelry/makeup that withstand the test of time. But really, I’m just a) a chicken b) clueless and c) in yoga pants.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with a sweet and delicious glaze - recipe on RachelCooks.com

Anyways, Meyer lemons. They’re awesome. Tart, sweet, delicious. Perfect in this bread! Be prepared for more Meyer lemon recipes!

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with a sweet and delicious glaze - recipe on RachelCooks.com

This bread got sent off to work with Ben because I probably would have eaten the entire loaf in one sitting. The glaze, you guys. THE GLAZE. It makes this lemon poppy seed bread extra moist, extra sweet and extra delicious! Make sure you don’t miss the step of poking holes into the bread so that the glaze can really saturate the bread and work its magic.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with a sweet and delicious glaze - recipe on RachelCooks.com


Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

This Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is easy to make and the glaze that gets poured over makes this a definite winner.


For the bread:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer Lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 4x8 (or 4x9) loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar until light in color and smooth -- about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate. With the mixer on low speed, add in the milk. Mix in the lemon zest. The mixture will look curdled but will taste great in the end.
  3. On top of the wet ingredients, add the flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds. Stir until everything is moistened. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. While the bread bakes, heat a small saucepan over low heat and combine the lemon juice, sugar and honey, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. When the bread comes out of the oven, pokes holes all over the top (I used a toothpick to do this). Carefully spoon the glaze over the hot bread, letting it run down the sides and into the holes you poked. Let cook at least 15 minutes in the pan before removing from pan and slicing.

adapted from Simply Recipes

Verdict: I loved this bread. Which is why I had to get it out of the house asap.
Husband’s take: He isn’t a huge citrus fan in cakes/bread/cookies, etc., but he did love this bread! Word on the street is that his co-workers loved it too.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

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18 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread”

  1. taylor @ greens & chocolate — March 12, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I’m the exact same – always late to trends and awkwardly early to social events. I actually just tried Meyer lemons for the first time this weekend in a salad dressing. Cannot wait to try them in a baked good! This bread looks delish!

  2. Liz@Virtually Homemade — March 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Better late than never. I made a meyer lemon blackberry muffin about a week ago. My daughter will actually eat them straight like oranges. This looks yummy!

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I was late to the meyer lemon trend too. This bread looks so moist and I know it tastes great with those lemons.

  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wifen — March 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Cracked me up! I’m the exact same way with being late (except mostly I’m late to EVERYTHING, ugh). I think the late to food trends thing just means we have a taste for the classics 😉

  5. Brenda — March 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    This recipe sounds like a keeper, can’t wait to try it…

  6. Sues — March 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I can’t get over how gorgeous this bread is!! And I agree that meyer lemons are amazing!

  7. denise — March 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I love lemon poppy seed bread–this one looks divine!

  8. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Lovin’ lemon lately. It’s been awhile since I’ve had poppyseed bread. Makes me hungry!

  9. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — March 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    im with you when it comes to food trends..i recently only tried cauliflower rice (good stuff)…and this bread, absolutely love it.

  10. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — March 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I’m always late to the trendy food party too, so I totally get what you’re saying. This recipe looks amazing, I’m a HUGE fan of the lemon-poppy seed combo! I will say though, my husband is totally keeping me cool (don’t tell him lol) because he got me a little meyer lemon tree a few years ago, it’s been slowly growing (haven’t killed it yet) and we’ve gotten 1 little meyer lemon so far…I’m excited to see what the future brings for it!

  11. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — March 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    My co-worker makes a lemon poppy seed bread with a glaze that is out of this world, but she won’t give me the recipe! This looks like it would be very similar, MUST try!

  12. Heide M. — March 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for posting this recipe.

  13. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I love quick breads. They make such wonderful—-Thinking of you gifts. People are always so surprised when it’s not some occasion or even a hostess gift, although it works for that too.
    I like the recipe and your pictures, because the bread is so cheerful looking—-kind of like sunshine.

  14. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Meyer lemons are so good! And I adore lemons and poppy seeds!


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