Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread



I found this recipe on my friend Calli's blog here.  It is quick and simple and oh so good (please don't look at the sugar content!).  It will make 2 large loaves or 6 small loaves.  Perfect for giving to a friend at Christmas time. 

Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread
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3 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/8 cup canola oil
3 tsp. poppy seeds (original recipe called for 2 tsp.-- I thought it could have used more so I upped it to 3)
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp. almond extract
1/2 Tbsp. imitation butter flavor

For the glaze:
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. imitation butter flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9x5 in. bread pans (or 6 mini loaf pans).

Mix together dry ingredients.  Add eggs, oil, milk, poppy seeds, vanilla, almond extract and imitation butter flavor.  Mix together and beat for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into prepared bread pans and bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (about 40 minutes for mini loaf pans).

While bread is baking, make the glaze.  Whisk together all ingredients and set aside.  When bread comes out of the oven and is still hot, pour glaze evenly over bread (I brush it around with a pastry brush).  Allow bread to completely cool before removing them from the pans. 

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