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Lemony Poppy Seed Loaf

I found this recipe in a magazine a long time ago, it has a very 'lemony' flavor and I love that! I'm sure this loaf would freeze well but I can't say that for sure as mine never made it to the freezer!
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (approximately 2 lemons)
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  1. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, lemon zest together.
  3. In a medium size bowl combine sugar, oil and applesauce. Whisk in lemon juice.
  4. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream.
  5. Fold in beaten egg whites.
  6. Pour into a greased 9" x 5" loaf pan and bake at 350ยบ for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to rack. 
  • 1/2 cup icing(powdered) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Whisk together icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Pour over baked loaf.
  3. Cool, slice and serve.


  1. Oh Betty...this looks so good. I love lemon and poppy seed together. And a loaf makes it all the better to slice and put in lunches...grin. I was thinking about making something yet for a late late snack for the boys...mmmm...maybe tomorrow in between somewhere!

  2. Lemon and poppy seeds...such a good combination. I enjoy having a new loaf recipe, and this one looks like I should try it soon. Kathy

  3. I haven't had a lemon loaf for ages,I love areal lemony taste.I have never made one with these ingredients,I think I will try it.You have the best collection of recipes I've ever seen.

  4. oh lemon loaf....lower infat and everything....maybe i should make this for fasba, looks great.

  5. Betty this lemon loaf looks really good and almost healthy too .. with the applesauce replacing some of the fat ..

  6. What a scrumptious blog you ladies have. I have a list of recipes I am going to try....only problem is which one first? ;)

  7. Lemons & poppyseeds...great together...and I like your slightly different variation.

  8. Oh, I'm so glad you posted this!~ My daughter and I were just talking about a recipe like this last week and I was going to look it up. I had no idea where my lemon cake recipe went.

  9. This loaf looks fantastic, Betty! Now I'm on the hunt for something comparable in a gf version. ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. OH MY! This looks incredible! I've been gone a week so I have LOTS of catching up to do! I probably should look for some meat or veggie recipes! heehee!

  11. One of my new favorites...and so easy and tasty!! I love lemon.


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