October 26, 2008

Mom's Lemon Poppyseed Bread

We spent a quiet day at home today. I am finally feeling like my cold is on it's way out of town, so I decided to take advantage of the time and make a recipe my mom used to make when I was growing up, Lemon Poppyseed Bread. I haven't made it in quite awhile, but I recently read about another version of this bread on another blog, and that inspired me to go looking through my recipe box for this recipe.

This bread uses a lemon cake mix and lemon pudding mix. The combination of these convenience products helps produce a moist and very lemon-y bread. The bread is taken up another notch by adding a drizzle of lemon juice and powdered suger over the top of the loaves after they have baked. I love the lemon flavor in this bread because it makes me think of a summer. Something about lemons just conjures up thoughts of summer and lemonade stands and the lazy days that are now past for this year.

Usually, this is made in traditional loaf pans, but I opted to use my mini-loaf pan and make 3 inch loaves. Since the holidays will be here before we know it, I am trying to put some baked goods into my freezer for filling up gift baskets. This bread freezes well, and the mini loaves are a nice treat for breakfast or a late day snack. My Oldest rated this one "a million thumbs up" and has already asked that I send some as his morning snack tomorrow.

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Is lemon one of your favorite flavors? There here are some more ideas on ways to bring back that summer flavor.

The Pink Lemonade Madelines at Annie's Eats has me wishing I had a Madeline pan so I could make those adorable cookies myself!
Check out the Lemon Poppyseed Mini Loaves over at Good Things Catered look wonderful and I'm marking them to try (my ever expanding list of recipes to try!) since they are from scratch.
Bakerlove made her frequently requested Lemon Butter Cookies, and they are simply adorable! They would be a perfect addition to those holiday cookie trays.

Lemon Poppyseed Bread
Source: My Mom

1 (2 layer size) box of lemon cake mix
1 box instant lemon pudding mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tablespoon poppyseeds
1 cup boiling water
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix through boiling water, mix well. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans. Bake 30 minutes or until done (the top bounces back when lightly touched or a toothpick comes out clean).

Remove from pans and poke holes with a fork (or toothpick) all over the top of the loaf. Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice, and drizzle or brush over the top.

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Lisa said...

I love this easy cake. I will bookmark this page to make in mini loaf pans to give out during the holidays.

Heather said...

ooooooh yum! i love lemon poppyseed anything. a million thumbs up?! lucky you :)

Prudy said...

I've made a similar recipe before and it is so good. Wouldn't I just love to give this to the neighbors at Christmas time? Glad you're feeling better!

Girl Japan said...

If there is one bread/cake/muffin that I could eat anytime is lemon poppy seed, the smell, the moistness.. I can not find lemon cake mix here, any tips?

Melanie said...

How can you go wrong with a million thumbs up?? I love anything lemon and this looks delicious - what a perfect holiday gift!

Mary said...

It's hard to beat this one, Patsy. And I love the idea of mini-loaves for gifts. This sounds sooo.. good.

RecipeGirl said...

A million thumbs up is enough of a ringing endorsement for me! I usually make lemon poppyseed scones, but I don't know why I haven't thought to do a bread. Great idea!

Deborah said...

I actually have made 2 things from cake mixes in the last few days - this sounds like another I'd love!

Kristen said...

Mini loaves like this would be such a great addition to any gift basket! I can practically smell the heavenly scent :)

Candy said...

I'm not usually a lemony gal, but this does look good~

Jenny said...

Love your new look Patsy! It's so inviting! Love the bread too! One of my favorite combo's for sure!

Megan said...

These sound like a nice addition to a gift basket. I like the idea of using the cake mix because sometimes you need convience and tasty. Perfect for a tea bread!

Patsyk said...

girl japan - good question! I'll see what I can figure out and will let you know.

Thanks, Jenny! I'm loving the update!

the million thumbs up was the best review I've ever gotten! Sure made me smile!

Sydney said...

I loveee things that can be baked in mini loaf pans and I love pretty much anything lemon. I'm going to have to try these! they look really easy and really tasty.

That Girl said...

Ooohhh I bet the lemon pudding makes it ridiculously moist.

EAT! said...

Lemon poppy seed muffins and bread are some of our favorite baked goods at our house. My recipe is different from yours - I love the cake mix and pudding in the recipe. I just made some awesome peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix. My new favorite find.

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