Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

    1 hour 10 minutes

    A delicious classic lemon and poppy seed loaf. You can also use the batter to make muffins. Perfect as a mid afternoon snack with tea or coffee.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 185g butter, softened
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
    • 3/4 cup plain yoghurt
    • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
    • 1/2 cup poppy seeds

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Heavily grease and flour two loaf tins.
    2. Sift together flour, bicarb soda and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl cream butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
    4. Mix lemon juice and yoghurt together and add alternately with the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until just blended. Stir in lemon rind and poppy seeds. Pour mixture into prepared pans and smooth tops.
    5. Bake for 50 minutes or until browned and a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before turning out of pans.

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    This is delicious! Very nice lemon flavor. I cut the butter down to a 1/2 Cup and increased the yogurt to 1 Cup, and it still came out moist. I've been looking for a good lemon poppy recipe, and this does it for me!  -  12 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Like other members, I also cut the butter down to half a cup and upped the yogurt to one cup. Though I baked this in two round cake tins. When they were cool, I spread a lemon glaze (1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, zest of one lemon, 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice and a little water) over the top of the bottom layer, put down the top layer and drizzled the remaining glaze. Great cake with tea!  -  01 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wonderfull recipe! I baked mine in a bundt pan and sifted some powdered sugar on top. My girls loved it!  -  23 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)