Almond Poppy Seed Bread

The holidays are notorious for the guilt free hall pass everyone gets to eat as much sweets and rich food their stomachs, pancreas and gallbladder can handle. Below is one of my favorite go-to recipes. Not only is it simple and quick, it is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Beware however, it will not last long in your kitchen 😉

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Oven: 350° Bake: 45-60 minutes

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cup flour
  • 2 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp poppy seeds

Wet Ingredients 

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 ½ tsp butter flavor

Glaze:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 ½ tsp butter flavor

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Pre-heat oven to 350°. Add all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl; then add all of the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until well blended – about 2 minutes – with a hand mixer or with a stand mixer. Once all of the ingredients are well blended, pour the batter into 2 greases bread pans. Place in oven and bake 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted into the center of the bread and comes out clean.

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When the bread is almost done cooking, start your glaze by adding the glaze ingredients to a small sauce pan. Over medium heat, mix the ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and the glaze becomes clear-ish. Let the glaze cool slightly, along with the bread you just pulled out of the oven. Using a fork, poke a handful of holes into the top of the bread loaves and (using a large spoon) ladle the glaze equally over the 2 loaves of bread. The fork holes will help collect extra glaze. I also like to use a spoon and collect the glaze that has collected in the corners and re-distribute to the top of the loaf. Let the loaves cool and glaze harden before you turn them out of the pans onto a cooling rack. If you can keep yourself from eating it all in 1 sitting, wrap up the loaves in tin foil to keep moist.

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