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February 26, 2014

Orange and Poppy Seed Bread

Orange and Poppy Seed Bread ~ moist with a smooth icing topping #BreadRecipe #OrangeBread #PoppySeedBread
I remember when I still used to work full time, I stopped at a filling station almost every morning on the way to work and got myself a lemon poppy seed muffin for breakfast.

Yes, I was one of those, never had {even now!} a proper breakfast since I left home after my high school years. To this day, I still love lemon poppy seed muffins, actually I'd almost always have one instead of any other kind.

So, here comes the Orange and Poppy Seed Bread - same principal, only orange instead of lemon and in a loaf form, not a muffin.

Orange and Poppy Seed Bread ~ moist with a smooth icing topping #BreadRecipe #OrangeBread #PoppySeedBread
I have never seen any orange/poppy seed muffins in the stores, therefore I will be making this recipe at home when I have a craving, but I would also still make and/or buy the lemon muffins as well.

The icing is really as creamy as it looks on the photo and a bit healthier because most of these loaves would have a cream cheese icing, but I used cottage cheese which is a lot lower in fat.


1 medium loaf


3/4 cup Butter, softened
4/5 cup Caster Sugar
3 Large Eggs
2 cups Self-Raising Flour
1/2 TB Baking Powder
Pinch Salt
2 TB Milk
2 t Orange Zest
1/4 cup Poppy Seeds


2 - 3 TB Icing Sugar
1 TB Orange Juice
250g Smooth Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, plain
1 t Butter, melted

Mint Leaves, to decorate

Orange Zest, to decorate
Extra Poppy Seeds, to sprinkle


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a medium loaf pan with cooking oil and line the base with baking paper.
2.) Beat together the Butter and Sugar until creamy - add the Eggs one by one, beating continuously.
3.) Sift together the Self-Raising Flour, Baking Powder and Salt - mix into the Butter mixture - fold in the Milk, Orange Zest and Poppy Seeds.
4.) Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake 40 - 45 minutes - remove from oven - leave to cool and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
5.) ICING: Mix together the Icing Sugar and the Orange Juice - add the Cottage Cheese and beat until well combined - add the Butter and beat until mixed in.
6.) Spread the Icing {add more Icing Sugar if you prefer a thicker icing} over the bread and decorate with the Mint Leaves, Orange Zest and Poppy Seeds.
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  1. I usually make lemon too, but that just because I have the tree which is currently in the only 6 weeks of the year where there is no fruit. Due to my oven issues I only used about 3 myself this year all the rest were given away. I love orange too but I usually buy the muffins

  2. My daughter loves Poppy seed bread! We will have to make this together!

  3. I've never tried cottage cheese in an icing before. I'll have to give this a try. Visiting from the Serenity Saturday linkup

  4. Oh wow that looks great. I'm going to have to try this. My hubby loves poppy seeds.

  5. Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can't wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!

  6. Delicious~ I love breads like this and I love the addition of orange instead of the usual lemon:) Thanks for sharing on Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Stop back again. Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  7. Looks good! I love poppy seed! Doing a giveaway this week (posted Monday) and would love if you would stop by and check it out!

  8. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  9. This recipe looks delicious. I'm so bummed I'm the only fan in my house but I might just make up this recipe anyways. I deserve something delicious ;)

    Thanks for sharing another great post with us over at Tell it To Me Tuesday! We hope you link up with us again next week!


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