Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

We awoke this morning to find the spring pansies huddled in the snow which fell during the night and continued to fall during the day. It is, after all, the first day of Spring! But Mother Nature, it seems, is "stuck" in winter mode!

Which meant that yesterday, we were raking leaves off the back patio . . . today we're shoveling snow off the front sidewalk!

And a snowy day which keeps us inside is perfect for a bit of baking. With a few lemons left in the bowl and a jar of fresh poppy seeds, a lemon poppy seed bread sounded like the perfect treat for afternoon tea on this snowy afternoon.

Instead of one big loaf, four small ones. Small loaves really suit us better.
Three were wrapped and stored in the freezer while the other was for today.
It made a great nosh with tea this afternoon. As we listened to Mozart on the stereo and watched the falling snow.

And the birds in the back yard -- busy this snowy day with finding seeds under the snow!

As I look at the snowy frozen backyard, I find it hard to believe that the calendar says Spring.

Alas, the first day of spring on the prairie finds us with a fire in the fireplace and a big pot of bean soup for dinner!


2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter
3 eggs
2 T. poppy seed
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 T. lemon peel

Combine all and beat on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan (I used 4 small pans). Bake at 350 for 1 hour. (Note: if using small pans, baking time is less -- I just keep watch)


1/3 c. powdered sugar
juice of 1 lemon
1 t. poppy seeds

Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add poppy seeds. Pour over warm bread.


Suzie said...

Oooh, that sounds SO cozy and relaxing! And thank you for the lemon poppyseed bread. It is one of my favorites!

Allie and Pattie said...

I made a loaf of this last week for my neighbor who had a bad time. It is definitely a feel-good bread. I love that tea set more each time I see it, Martha
xoxo Pattie

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Oh that poppy seed bread looks wonderful. We had 70 degree weather yesterday and also woke up to snow. I've wanted to bake all day but my hand held mixer broke last week and I can't find my large KitchenAid...think it's packed still from a move! Love the pic with the little pansy peeking out of the snow!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

p/s I'll probably feature that big pink/red pitcher. It's an 1880's piece I just recently acquired. I LOVE it! I think it's my new fave piece of transferware! Thanks for the sweet remarks!

Herbgirl said...

Happy Spring! I got to work outside today in the warmth and now they are talking snow for tomorrow! Mother Nature is always tossing surprises, isn't she?!?!

Herbal Blessings, Mandy

P.S. my mouth is watering for lemon poppyseed bread

benchwarmer said...

rakeing leaves and shoveling, seems odd to say that in the same sentence, right! your bread looks delicious and the fire in the fireplace always works for me, even in the spring. happy spring to you!

lindaraxa said...

This looks just as good as the scones and guess who has some lemon and poppy seeds in her pantry?!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: The bread sounds so good. It looks like you are just have a lovely day. Blessings. Martha

Pondside said...

Mother Nature is up to her tricks again - although it really should be 'hands off' on the first day of spring!
That poppy seed loaf looks delicious.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Your yummy food sounds delightful! It is Sunday and we awoke to snow as well. In East Texas!

Americana Lady said...

I hope it warms up for you soon. The poppy seed loaf looks so good. The recipe you posted can be split into 4 small loaf pans? I love bread like this but my family doesn't and unfortunately I eat too much myself or end up throwing it away. So I do not make it but maybe I will try making the small loaves. Thanks, Joan

Peg said...

I hear that your weather is heading our way tonight... and I do not "thank you for sharing" it, not one bit! I am ready for more of that 70 degree stuff we had earlier in the week. Please send some of it!

I have recipes for poppy seed bread and for lemon bread, but not for the combination. I'll try this one, but not today... no lemons in my bowl!

Lottie said...

Sipping tea, eating Lemon Poppy Seed bread, listening to Mozart, watching the snow...oh, my dreams are of Linderhof.

Martha, you write a beautiful blog!
I thought I was going to die and go to heaven when I saw that picture of that little Lemon Poppy Seed loaf.

BGgarden said...

That poppy bread looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I might have to make it and share a photo with link to your page! IF YOU DON"T MIND!

Happy Spring - I hope you will stop by my blog and give me permission to use your recipe.

Bren at the BGgarden