Some of my most cherished items are handwritten recipes that have been given to me over the years from family members and friends. I have a rather large collection of cookbooks, including a few church cookbooks from various congregations nearby. This recipe for lemon poppy seed bread is one that was passed on to me from my grandmother-in-law after I nearly fell out in the floor over how delicious it was when she brought it out for dessert after Sunday dinner. I’m telling y’all, my taste buds were seriously rejoicing!
I sure am glad she passed this recipe on to me, because it’s one that I like to pull out when I need a little extra sweetness in my day. As I’m typing this post, I’m watching the weather and waiting for a band of bad storms to roll in. They’re saying tornadoes are likely, and I’ve been feeling a little gutted about it all day. On days like that, I try my best to keep my mind occupied and keep my hands busy. On days like today, I love to bake. I don’t consider myself to be that great of a baker, truthfully. Making a cake look beautiful and piping perfect dollops of icing is not in my skill set, but eating cake is a different story.
If I’m baking something sweet, chances are it has something citrus-y in it. Perhaps you’ve seen my recipes for Grandmama’s Lemon Cakes? They’re a show stopper for sure, and they always make an appearance at any family function we have during the holidays! Lemon has a way of speaking my language. It’s always so bright and refreshing, and this bread is seriously like sunshine on a plate just waiting to be enjoyed!
Here’s a free printable copy of the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! You’ll need two loaf pans for this recipe – I use these non-stick medium loaf pans by Wilton.
- 1 box Lemon Supreme cake mix
- 1 box instant lemon pudding mix
- ¼ cup poppy seeds
- ½ cup canola oil
- 1 cup hot water
- 4 eggs
- ½ tsp lemon flavoring
- For the glaze:
- ¾ cup white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ tsp butter flavoring
- ¼ tsp lemon flavoring
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Mix all ingredient (excluding glaze ingredients) together in a large bowl and pour into two greased loaf pans
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until done throughout
- For glaze:
- Combine all ingredients together in a small sauce pan. Heat until sugar dissolves and bring to a boil. Pour over bread while still warm. Serve and enjoy!
While I’m waiting for the storm to pass, I think I’ll grab another slice of this bread and an ice cold glass of milk. Food this good should be classified as soul food. It may not be great for the body, but it sure is good for my soul.
What recipes do you have that have been passed down to you from friends and family? I’d love to hear about your favorites!