January 6, 2013

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze

We love this bread!  It has one of my favorite flavor combos - orange and almond.  All you have to do is mention a recipe with orange and almond in it and I will make it!  Do you have any :)  I've had this recipe forever and I'm pretty sure everyone has their own version of it.  I have no idea where it originated from, but I would love to find out if anyone knows?  

This time, I decided to try some applesauce in place of the oil, you know, to be healthier for the new year.  It turned out amazing.  I think I even like it better that way.  It is still soft and moist and stays that way for several days.  I will be making it this way from now on.
Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze
3 eggs
1 c. + 2 Tbl. vegetable oil
   (or half applesauce and half oil)
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 Tbl. poppy seeds

1 - 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
a few Tbl. fresh orange juice
grated zest of one orange, opt.
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat eggs, oil and sugar until well blended.  Add the vanilla extract, almond extract and butter flavoring.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.  Add flour mixture alternately with the milk to the batter and mix until just combined.  Stir in the poppy seeds.  Divide batter evenly between two, well-greased, 9x5-inch loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow bread to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then invert to wire rack and cool completely.  Combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough orange juice to reach desired consistency.  You can either drizzle over the loaves while the bread is still warm or allow the bread to cool and add the glaze.  Yield: 2 loaves.  

Jenn's Notes: For the oil, I use 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1/2 cup + 2 Tbl. of oil and I prefer it that way.  My loaf usually takes 1 hour and 10 minutes or so to bake.  I like to add my glaze when the bread is completely cool, that way, it stays on top as a glaze and doesn't just get absorbed into the bread.     


  1. Hi, Jenn - Thanks for this recipe - looks and sounds delicious! What size loaf pan do you recommend using - 8x4 or 9x5? Might seem trivial, but it can make a difference. Thanks!

  2. Hi again, Jenn... just thought of another question. How long do you cool the bread in the pans before turning them out on a wire rack? Thanks!

    1. Hi, I guess people might need to know the size of the loaf pans, huh? I'm glad you brought it up. I use two 9x5-inch pans. I would let them cool about 5-10 minutes before turning them out onto the wire rack. Make sure to run a knife around the edges to loosen from the pan. - Jenn

    2. Thanks, Jenn - this recipe is on my to be baked VERY soon list!

    3. Let me know what you think! - Jenn

  3. Orange, almond and poppy seeds...yes please!

  4. This sounds absolutely divine!!!!! =D


  5. Jen, this is a variation on a recipe from The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, circa 1955. But it was around in hand-printed form even before that, without the orange, generally.

    My mom cooked from that book till it was falling apart-- and then when somebody gifted her with a fresh copy, I begged for the old one. You can't believe the treasures within!

    I like your version, too, though I tend to use real butter instead of oil here, most times. I'll try to hunt up my easy Almond-Orange Biscotti for you soon.

    Peace, Mari

    1. I knew it had to be a really old recipe. No one has ever been able to tell me where it came from and all the blogs I have looked at just link to another blog. I am so glad you let me know. I would cherish that old cookbook forever. I would absolutely LOVE your almond-orange biscotti recipe if you have a chance to find it. - Jenn

  6. This looks so pretty! I love anything almond!

  7. This looks so good I want just this for dinner!

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  8. This looks amazing, especially the orange glaze - YUM.

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  9. This looks delicious! I can almost smell it baking through the computer screen. I pinned it to try out later. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love poppyseed bread/muffins/anything! Thanks for sharing! I bet it is wonderful with the orange glaze.

  11. Pinning - this looks so yummy ;)

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  12. It's a wonderful looking bread! And as of the recipe - it seems to be a very delicious one too