Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Homemade gifts are not only economical, they are more personal. Bake several loaves of this bread; top with glaze and let cool. Wrap loaves individually in foil and decorate with colorful ribbon.
2 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and lemon extracts in a large bowl; mix well. Stir in poppy seeds.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture alternately, mixing well after each addition. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
Bake loaves for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Loosen edges from sides of pans. Cool loaves in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks.
For icing, blend lemon juice and confectioners sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm loaves.
Divide the batter evenly between miniature loaf pans. Bake for about25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Make a quick spread for the bread by adding poppy seeds to soft cream cheese.