March 23, 2014

Strawberry Swirled Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

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I look forward to Saturdays just so I am able to sleep in.  I love my sleep and I usually have no problem sleeping in, but last Saturday I woke up bright and early.  So, what's a girl to do? 

Make a delicious loaf of lemon poppy seed bread for breakfast of course.

When "The Mr." woke up, I had a fresh piece waiting for him, he ate it and then immediately said, "I better eat another piece of that right now."  Needless to say, it is absolutely delicious.  The strawberry jam layer adds a bright flavor.

You can easily switch it up with another flavor of jam, like blueberry, peach or raspberry.
The texture is soft and moist and exactly what I look for in a quick bread recipe.

I like to add a little meringue powder to my glaze and that way it gets nice and hard, like an icing you would get from a bakery.  It's my new little trick.  

This is the perfect Springtime Bread and I have already made it twice.

I betcha can't eat just one slice :)

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Strawberry Swirled Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. imitation lemon extract (or 2 tsp. grated lemon zest)
3/4 c. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbl. poppy seeds
1/3 c. strawberry jam 

Lemon Glaze
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. imitation lemon extract (or grated lemon zest)
1-2 Tbl. milk (or fresh lemon juice)
1 tsp. meringue powder, opt. (this helps the icing harden)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the egg, egg white, vanilla and lemon extract and mix until well blended.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds.  Add dry ingredients and greek yogurt alternately to the batter, starting and ending with dry and mix until just combined. 

Spread half of the batter into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan (I also like to line my pan with parchment paper).  Top with strawberry jam, leaving a small border around the edge.  Do not swirl the jam.  Top with remaining batter and carefully spread out evenly.  Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert to a wire rack and cool completely.  Meanwhile, make the glaze.

For the Lemon Glaze: Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy, adding enough milk to reach desired glaze consistency.  Pour over cooled bread and allow to harden.  If you are in a hurry, you can pour this over the warm bread too.  

Jenn's Notes: I am personally a big fan of imitation lemon extract.  If you do not care for it, be sure to use fresh lemon zest instead.

Slightly adapted from: Cooking Light


  1. That strawberry swirl makes this lovely cake even better!

  2. This is the prettiest poppy seed bread I've seen. Just gorgeous! And of course, it looks delish! :)

    1. You are the sweetest person ever! Thank you.

  3. I love that strawberry swirl!! Just discovered your blog and I am obsessed with your name. Super cute!

  4. Love that addition of the strawberry swirl to lemon poppy seed bread! This looks so good!

  5. Next time you wake up early...feel free to shot down to Tampa and make me this loaf!!! YUM

  6. Oh wow, this bread looks wonderful. I love the strawberry/lemon combo!!! Pinned!!

  7. Oh my! That strawberry swirl looks incredible! What a yummy combination of flavors for Jenn! Pinned!

  8. This looks amazing! Just shared on facebook and pinned:)

  9. Hi Jenn

    Will the lemon zest add more flavor than the lemon extract.

    1. I wouldn't say the zest will add more flavor, but it will add a little different flavor. I personally prefer the extract in the bread, but I love the zest in the glaze. Either one you pick will be delicious.

  10. This looks so yummy, I could eat this anytime of day. I love how versatile the recipe is by using whichever jam you prefer. Thanks for the meringue powder tip with the icing, I'll definitely be trying this out.

  11. This looks fantastic! I am thinking about making this with my preschoolers in muffin-form for Mother's Day. Would I make it the same way as far as ingredient wise? I know for muffins, they wouldn't require as long of baking time. Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to try it out.

    1. Mmm. . . I think this would make some amazing muffins. Yes, ingredients are the same, but baking time will be way less. I'll have to try this as muffins too and when I do I'll let you know.

  12. Could I make this with whole wheat flour?

  13. I just put a loaf in the oven and if the taste from the batter is any indication of how it will taste, it will be DELICIOUS!! I found a Strawberry blackberry preserve so that's what I used! I'll let you know how it turns out!

  14. Replies
    1. Marie - I do actually grease the pan. Thanks for pointing that out. I will update the recipe right now. I hope you didn't have any problems getting the loaf out of the pan?