Orange Poppy Seed Loaf

This Orange Poppy Seed Loaf will surely make you breakfast something to look forward to. It’s soft and moist with a nice citrus Orange flavor inside and outside. A nice flavor change from the usual Lemon Poppy Seed.

The Secret to Soft and Moist Orange Poppy Seed Loaf

  • Yogurt – adds a lot of moisture and creaminess
  • Oil – adds moisture and helps the bread stays soft even when refrigerated
  • Buttermilk – gives a nice creamy taste and helps the bread to have a soft cake like texture
Orange Poppy Seed Bread

This loaf bread is not only for breakfast, it’s a great loaf to serve for tea time, snack time or a grab and go item. I always love sweet loaf bread like this, they’re easy to make and they taste delicious. More often you will see Lemon Poppy Seed than Orange Poppy Seed. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any Orange Poppy Seed in cafe or bakery. They both taste good, and this Orange version was inspired by a lemon recipe. Orange has a more subtle citrus flavor as compared to lemon, and I like that. But in general, I love Orange flavoured pastry which is why I have a lot of Orange related recipes in my website.

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This Orange Poppy Seed came about when I was looking for something to bring at work. It was late (past 10pm) and I wanted something that I can make quickly, luckily I happen to have almost all the ingredients for this recipe. I don’t know if I should call it luck, but maybe it was meant for me to make this. It was after all overdue, I had this (and the lemon) in my to do list. I’ve made it before when I was still not working on my blog, so I thought I should probably have it here so that I can share it with you. I was contemplating if I should just call this Orange Loaf Bread, mainly because I ended up using very little amount of Poppy Seed which is not my intention. It was too late when I realized that I have very few poppy-seed left and I am not going out past 10:00pm just to buy more. The recipe calls for 3 tbsp of poppy seeds, I used only 1 tsp because that’s all that I have left. But there’s still few poppy seed that you can see (you just have to look closely) and it still taste great. So I decided to still call it Orange Poppy Seed Loaf Bread. I just thought I should point that out as you might ask where on earth is the poppy seed? Coming soon friends 🙂

Orange Poppy Seed Loaf Bread By SweetNSpicyLiving

Can I Make this Using Lemon?

Yes, absolutely. As I’ve mentioned above, this was originally a lemon version recipe that I tweak to make it into Orange flavor. Simply replace the Orange ingredients with Lemon

What if I Don’t Have Buttermilk?

You don’t have one, you can make it at home. Simply mix 1 tsp of lemon juice or plain white vinegar with 1/4 cup of milk. Let sit for 10 minutes until it curdles. If you do not have liquid milk, you can use powered milk and dissolve it in water. If you don’t have any kind of milk, replace the 1/4 cup of buttermilk with 1/4 cup of oil.

Orange Poppy Seed Loaf Bread with Orange Glaze

Why are We Using Yogurt?

Adding yogurt to baked products like muffins, loaf bread, cupcakes and cakes have proven to add a lot of moisture and creaminess. It keeps the loaf moist and soft, without feeling greasy. Yogurt can be substituted with Sour Cream. If you don’t have both, mashed banana will probably work too, but I haven’t tried it. Instead of using 1/2 cup of mashed banana, use about 1/3 cup because banana when mashed tends to be runny than yogurt. Bottom line is if you are going to make a substitute, find something close that will give the bread moisture. Do NOT substitute yogurt with more oil as you will end up with a very dense, heavy and greasy loaf. There’s already 1/4 cup of oil and adding 1/2 cup more will be too much.

Orange Poppy Seed Loaf Bread

Can I Bake This in a Muffin Tin?

Yes, definitely. Simply spray the muffin tin or line it with muffin liners. Full 3/4 full and Bake around 18 – 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the Center comes out clean. This will make about 6 muffins. OK, I think that’s about it. Let me show you how I made this. Let’s get started!

Orange Poppy Seed Loaf

Expect a Thick Batter

The batter is going to be thick and soft which is what you should expect once you are done. Don’t worry, the loaf will be soft and moist.


  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs – room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (or any flavorless oil)
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk (1/4 cup milk + 1 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 1 2/3 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • zest of 2 Orange
  • 2 teaspoon Poppy Seeds (more or less. I used very little)

Orange Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup Icing Sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoon Orange juice (Add gradually so that you can adjust the consistency to your preference)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 8 x 4 -inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, MIX butter and sugar for about 1 minute then add eggs and mix for 5-minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, oil and yogurt and mix until just combined.
  3. Mix dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy-seed and Orange zest. Mix just to combine.
  4. Wet Ingredients + Dry Ingredients: Add dry ingredients and buttermilk mixture alternately. Starting with a flour and ending with buttermilk mixture.
  5. Transfer in a Pan: Transfer batter in the prepared loaf pan and level the top with back of a spoon or spatula.
  6. Bake: Bake in pre-heated oven for 43 -45  minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the center is still wet, bake for another 5 minutes until it set.
  7. Cool: Let cool completely before pouring the Orange glaze.
  8. Make the Orange Glaze: Mix 4 tsp of water or milk with icing sugar. Stir until smooth. Adjust the consistency to your preference. Add more icing sugar if you want a thick glaze or add more milk/water if you want a thinner glaze. Spoon over the bread. The glaze will set as it solidify. I normally leave it 30 minutes to 1 hour but you can serve it even if the glaze hasn’t set yet.

Makes 10 slices

Nutritional Information

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