Two of my favorite ingredients are lemon and poppy seeds. I love just about everything lemon – lemonade, lemon shortbread, lemon bars, lemon cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, lemon pudding, vodka with lemonade (!), lemon squeezed in my water and soda. I think lemon makes most things better.
My love of poppyseeds stems from my childhood – poppyseed bagels and poppyseed pastries from a local bakery, to be precise. Lemon poppy seed bread is therefore the perfect dessert bread for me.
This Amish Friendship Bread recipe is a zesty, lemony twist on the classic Amish Friendship Bread. I highly recommend it!
Type of cuisine: American
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Total duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 loaves
Here’s how to do it:
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, poppy seeds and lemon pudding.
- In another bowl, combine the Amish starter, eggs, milk, applesauce, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Spray two 9 inch bread molds with cooking spray and spoon half the batter into each. Bake in preheated 325 degree F oven for 1 hour. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pans and serve.
Remarks: Feel free to use mini loaf pans as an alternative. These loaves of bread, in all sizes, make great gifts! To make muffins, scoop 3 tablespoons into greased muffin tins and reduce baking time to about 23-25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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