Poppy Seed Bread

Poppy Seed Bread is a super simple quick bread that is so moist and flavorful. It perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining!

Poppy Seed Bread loaves on a cooling rack

This is the 3rd Day of Christmas in my 12 Days of Christmas Series.

Poppy Seed Bread slices on a platter

My parents have lived in the same house since before I was born, and they’ve had the same next-door neighbor, Lois, the entire time. Lois is one of the sweetest women you’ll ever meet, and occasionally she would bring us gifts – whether a craft that she made or a delicious treat like this amazing Poppy Seed Bread.

top of Poppy Seed Bread

Each year, a few days before Christmas we start expecting Lois to knock on the door with this bread in hand. She was kind enough to share the recipe with us several years ago, and it’s one of my favorite quick breads. I make it every Christmas to give away as gifts.

Poppy Seed Bread on a cooling rack

This year, I’ve used my mom’s mini loaf pans and will include one in each of my holiday gift packages. The bread also freezes well, and since I have taken on a lot of baking this year, I have made my loaves early and frozen them, so they will still be fresh in two weeks when I’ve ready to give them as gifts. The only downfall of freezing the bread is that you lose the crispiness of the top.  

top of bread showing drizzle

I really can’t tell you how good this bread is – it’s so moist and flavorful – the almond extract adds such a delicious flavor. I don’t recommend skipping the drizzle – it soaks into the bread and really adds moisture and sweetness. You will not be sorry if you make this!!!

Poppy Seed Bread slices on a platter
bread wrapped in aluminum foil and in a freezer bag

Slices of Poppy Seed Bread are displayed on the bottom tray of this 3 tiered serving platter. This was from our Holiday Open House where I served a trio of quick breads: Pumpkin Bread, Pineapple Carrot, and Poppy Seed Bread.

3 level platter with pumpkin bread on top, pineapple carrot bread in the middle, and poppyseed bread on the bottom
Poppy Seed Bread slices on a platter

Gluten Free Poppy Seed Bread

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ve had good luck using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in baking.

Poppy Seed Bread Pin

Looking for More Quick Bread Recipes?

Check out my other favorite Quick Breads:
Cranberry Christmas Cake
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread {with or without chocolate chips}
Pineapple Carrot Bread
Zucchini Bread
Ultimate Banana Bread
Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I even made a trio of Quick Breads for our Holiday Open House Party!

Looking for Other Holiday Recipes?

Check out these recipes:
Homemade Marshmallows
Classic Butter Cookies
Granny’s Sugar Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
Triple Chocolate Biscotti

Poppy Seed Bread loaves on a cooling rack

Poppy Seed Bread

A super simple, delicious quick bread that is perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining. The bread is super moist and flavored with almond extract and a subtle orange glaze.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 9-inch loaf pans


  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • To the beaten eggs, add sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, and extracts, flour, salt, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Mix together.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans and bake for 50-60 minutes, or a little longer, until a wooden stick/toothpick inserted comes out clean (or use 6 mini loaf pans and bake for approximately 45 minutes). Note: I used Crisco with flour spray instead of greasing and flouring, and the loaves slid out beautifully!
  • Either remove loaves from pans now or you can wait. Prepare drizzle and pour over bread while warm. When cool, if you haven’t already, remove loaves from pans. To maintain a crispy top, wrap in aluminum foil and store at room temperature. To freeze, wrap each loaf in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and place in a freezer bag.


Source: My parents’ neighbor Lois W.
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword banana bread, dessert, holiday, party

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