lemon + almond poppy seed loaf

I have always been fascinated by how a spoonful of food can improve even the ugliest of moods. If the clouds cry, a hot bowl of soup makes the rain feel softer. If your heart aches, a freshly baked loaf makes the day seem brighter. I learned patience by waiting at the oven's door for a fresh batch of my mother's cookies and I learned joy in the shape of cinnamon buns on a Saturday morning.

 In an effort to explore the beauty of food, I have decided to lend more time to baking and learning how ingredients work together. Recently I baked a lemon + almond poppy seed loaf and I wanted to share it with you. On the roof of the loaf, there are sticky drippings of lemon and sugar. On the inside, poppy seeds dance with a sweet lemon zest.

Ingredients you'll need:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest

The lemon glaze:
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

The recipe can be found here. 


  1. Sarah H.30.4.14

    This looks very very yummy!

  2. thank you, Amy, for the beautiful and very true words as well as the recipe. i just love how you describe the flavors. can't wait for more additions from this part of your life :)

  3. Yum! This looks so good. I've been craving lemon-flavored breads lately for some reason. These pictures are gorgeous too.

  4. so yum!! i must try it *___*

  5. What a pretty loaf, I love your photography!

    Have a great week,

  6. This looks so good!
    Pretty Lovely

  7. Really beautiful girl and long skirt.

  8. It must taste great.