Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread


Grated fresh zucchini in the batter and a generous postbake lemon syrup drizzle are the secrets to this extra-moist spin on classic lemon-poppy seed quick bread.

Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon loosely packed lemon zest

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cup grated or shredded zucchini

  • Poppy seeds (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl stir together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl beat 1 cup of the sugar, the butter, and canola oil with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and lemon zest; beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Stir in zucchini. Add flour mixture to zucchini mixture. Fold just until combined (batter may be lumpy). Spoon into prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle with additional poppy seeds.

  3. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl combine lemon juice and the remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar. Microwave 30 seconds or until hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Brush loaf with lemon syrup; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Serves 12.


Quick breads slice better after storing overnight, which also gives the lemony syrup time to work its magic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
12g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 5.7mg 29%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 107mg 2%
Folate, total 45.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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