How To Make Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

by Trishia Mae Cordova on Mar 15, 2024

How To Make Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


I love baking at home and I'm always looking for ways to experiment with my sourdough starter. This lemon poppy seed bread recipe is a discovery, and let me tell you, it's a winner! 👌

It's easy enough for those new to baking, yet it has a flavor profile that will impress even seasoned bakers.

The recipe comes together quickly, taking only 15 minutes of prep time and 1 hour of baking. This leaves me ample time to proof the dough and get my creative juices flowing for decorating the finished loaf (although it's delicious on its own too!).

The combination of flavors in this bread is truly unique. The tang of the sourdough starter is perfectly balanced by the bright citrus notes of the lemon zest and juice. The poppy seeds add a welcome textural contrast, creating an overall delightful eating experience.


Now, let’s get started!

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 60 min

Serving: 12 slices


What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup active sourdough starter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  2. Add active sourdough starter, melted butter, and sugar into the mixing bowl. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  4. Add the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda in another bowl and mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in the poppy seeds.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes.
  8. Serve!



Calories 240, Fat 11g, Carbohydrate 31g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Protein 4g


This lemon poppy seed bread is versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. I love it toasted with butter for breakfast, but it also makes a perfect afternoon snack or even a light dessert.

Each slice packs a satisfying punch with only 240 calories and a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. It's also a good source of fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

So, if you're looking for a flavorful and easy-to-make bread recipe, I highly recommend giving this one a try! I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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