Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf With Lemon Syrup

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Courtesy of Canadian Living's Dinner Club.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, poppy seeds, lemon rind, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with milk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of milk. Spread in greased 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan.
  3. Bake in centre of 325 F oven for 1 hour or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Place pan on rack.
  4. Lemon Syrup: In saucepan or microwaveable measure, warm sugar and lemon rind and juice until sugar dissolves. With skewer, pierce hot loaf right to bottom in 12 places; pour lemon syrup over loaf.
  5. Let loaf cool in pan for 30 minutes; turn out onto rack and let cool completely. Wrap and let stand for 12 hours before slicing. Makes 1 loaf, 12 slices.
  6. Make-Ahead Tip: Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 1 month.
Most Helpful

What a great tasting loaf ~ Really enjoyed the combo of lemon & poppy seed & was generous when measuring both seeds & zest! This is definitely a keeper recipe for me, & I'll be making it from time to time throughout the year! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike June 21, 2010

I made these as muffins and baked at 350 deg. for 20 min. I will not use muffin liners next time as I lost most of the glaze to the bottom of the pan. Perhaps the loaf is the best solution. Loved them.

adopt a greyhound May 16, 2010

As the previous reviewer stated and I second it....if you like lemon anything..you'll love this recipe. I made mine into 12 muffins instead of a loaf. Followed your recipe exactly as written including letting the syrup filled muffins sit for 1/2 hour b/f removing to a cooling rack. A really sweet/tart tasting goodie:-) Made to honor Kat in Veg-n-swap July '09.

CoffeeB July 11, 2009