Poppy Seed Loaf
I know this is early but we’re preparing you for St. Nicholas Day.
Happy St. Nicholas Day 12-6-2012! The Christmas season is officially upon us and so I’ll start (once again) leaking my family’s holiday recipes!
Poppy Seed Loaf is the one Christmas recipe my dad always made; all the other goodies were a joint effort or solely my mom’s efforts. As a child I actually didn’t like the poppy seed loaf, I only liked the topping as it was covered in the reduced orange juice sugar sauce. As an adult I do enjoy this poppy seed loaf and make it annually as my parents did all the years before me.
I don’t know where the recipe came from besides my parents’ recipe box. It makes two large loaves or four small pans, but I can get six mini loaves and a dozen muffins out of it. I prefer to make it with mini loaves and muffins these are small or individual servings, whereas my parents would make bigger batches and slice the bread. However you make it people will gobble it up.
Poppy Seed Loaf with Orange Glaze Recipe
3 cups flour
2¼ cups sugar
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ teaspoons baking powder
11/8 cup canola oil
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons almond flavoring
1½ teaspoons butter flavoring
1½ Tablespoons poppy seed
1½ cup milk
¼ cup orange juice
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond flavoring
½ teaspoon butter flavoring
1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Lightly great and flour baking dishes of choice – 2 large loaf pans, or 4 small loaf pans, or 3 dozen muffins, or 6 mini loaves and 1 dozen muffins.
2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly which is about 2 minutes using an electric mixer. Fill desired pans ¾ full as contents will rise.
3. Bake for 1 hour in preheated oven. Cap with foil for the last 15 minutes.
4. During this last 15 minutes make the frosting by heating ingredients in a small sauce pan on the stove top. Don’t not boil, but the ingredients should become translucent.
5. Breads are done cooking when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. While the breads are still in the pan poke tops generously with a fork (great job for kids but give them a number of pokes or they’ll go crazy). Pour the frosting over the breads so they it soaks in. Allow to cool completely. Loosen breads by running a thin plastic spatula around the edges of the loaves before removing from their pans.
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.