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Lemony Lemon Bread

Switch the flavor from lemon to orange by substituting grated orange zest and juice. Or, add 1/4 cup finely ground toasted almonds in place of the poppy seeds.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda  
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 Tbs. firmly packed grated lemon zest 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds (optional)


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan, then dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk and lemon juice.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until fully incorporated. Again, scrape down the sides of the bowl. On low speed, add the flour mixture in 2 additions alternately with the sour cream mixture, beginning with the flour mixture and mixing just until incorporated. Add the poppy seeds, increase the speed to high and beat for 5 seconds to mix well.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Turn out onto a rack and let cool before serving. Makes 1 loaf.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Family Meals, by Maria Helm Sinskey (Oxmoor House, 2008).