Almond Poppy Seed Bread

This recipe is an old childhood favorite. My mother would make this for special occasions. It is made with simple ingredients and only takes a few minutes to prep. The quick bread is topped with a sugary topping that crystalizes and gives a slight crunch. It is my favorite part of the almond poppy seed bread.

This quick bread uses three different flavorings. Most people are familiar with vanilla and almond extract. Imitation butter flavoring is the third. You can find imitation butter flavoring in the grocery store by the almond extract and vanilla. The three flavorings working together gives this quick bread it’s irresistible favor. 

What can go wrong?

The first time I made this bread, the batter seemed a little thin. It took an extra 10 minutes in the oven to fully bake. It is important to measure the flour by the dip and swipe method. You dip the measuring cup into the flower and use a knife to swipe off the excess giving you a level cup of flour. If you want to be even more precise you could weigh the flour. You need 12.5 ounces.

It is really important to line the bread pan with parchment or wax paper. Because the bread cools in the pan, you want to make sure it doesn’t stick. Parchment paper helps tremendously.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Almond Poppy Seed Bread is an old family favorite. It comes together quickly and is topped with a crystalized sugar glaze.


The Bread

  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk (or Almond Milk)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Imitation Butter Flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • Cooking Spray

The Glaze

  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablepspoon Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Imitation Butter Flavoring
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract


    Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Prepare a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Spray the pan with cooking spray. Cut a strip of parchment paper or wax paper to fit in the bottom of the pan and up two of the sides (see video.) Place the strip of parchment or wax paper in the greased pan and spray over the paper with cooking spray.
      For the Bread
      In a large mixing bowl. Combine the vegetable oil, milk, eggs, butter flavoring, vanilla, and almond extract. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
      Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds. Mix to combine. You want to incorporate all the flour, but a few small lumps are fine.
      Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
      Bake on the middle rack for 55-65 minutes. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. If it is wet or sticky, let it bake another 5-10 minutes.
      Remove from oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Pour the glaze over the top of the bread and let the bread cool completely.
      Run a knife around the edge of the bread in the pan. Use the parchment paper to lift the bread out of pan. Slice and serve.
        For the Glaze
        In a small bowl, mix all the glaze ingredients. The sugar will not fully dissolve. Once the bread has been out of the oven for about five minutes, pour the glaze over the top of the warm bread.


      It is important to measure the flour using the dip and swipe method. Dip your measuring cup into the container of flour. Use a knife to swipe off the excess. If you spoon the flour into the measuring cup, you will not have enough flour and the dough will be very wet and will take more time to bake.

      Imitation butter flavoring can be found in the grocery store by the vanilla and almond extract. Or you can get it here.

      You can substitute avocado oil for the vegetable oil.

      You can substitute almond milk for the milk to make this dairy free.

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      Nutrition Information:
      Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
      Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

      Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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      Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.



      Episode 106 Countdown to Christmas

      Are you ready for Christmas? 2020 has been a doozy and many of us are ready for Christmas to come and bring a little joy. I am right there with you. I want to have a calm and joyful Christmas without any of the stress that often comes with the holidays.

      • Start with your budget. The last thing you want is to have spending regrets in January. When life is stressful, we often look for ways to numb and it is easy to overspend. Set your budget and stick with it.
      • Get a binder. Keep all your holiday planning in a binder. You can use the Feed Your Family Tonight Holiday Planning Guide to start your binder. Keep all your ideas and receipts in one place.
      • Ask your family which holiday activities are most important. Put those things on your calendar. Schedule times for family fun and shopping too.
      • If you are sending Christmas cards, get your list ready before you order. Find a place in your home to hold the Christmas cards you receive.
      • Set up a Gift-Wrapping station. This can be a box of supplies or it can be a spare room in your home.
      • Think about your decorations. Buy the new pieces you want to add this year.
      • Consider your holiday donations. Choose your budget and the organizations to receive donations before the requests come in the mail.
      • Listen to Episode 106 for information on gift giving.

      Wishing you a calm and joyful holiday season. Check out the Holiday Planning Guide to help get all the ideas out of your head and onto paper.

      Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

      For a transcript of this episode click here.

      Episode 106 Holiday Gift Giving

      I love presents. If you are familiar with the Five Love Languages, my love language is gifts. That doesn’t mean I expect or need expensive things, it means that I really appreciate thoughtfulness like when my husband surprises me with dish gloves from the dollar store.

      As the holidays approach, gift giving can be overwhelming. In my house I have four teenagers and grandparents, aunts and uncles are all coming to me for gift ideas. I have tried lots of ways to keep track of gifts and gift suggestions. The best way I have found is to get everything out of my head and onto paper.

      I designed a gift giving sheet for the Holiday Planning Guide. This week I printed out 14 copies of the sheet. I printed one for each member of my family, one for each side of extended family. I have a sheet for coworkers, teachers, and neighbors too. It will take me a couple of weeks to think and ponder ideas. I often have a note on my phone to capture ideas as they come, but I transfer those ideas to paper.

      Once I have ideas there is a place to write where I can buy those items. I can take all my sheets and list what I need to buy at particular stores. This saves me time and money. I am making fewer trips to the store, and having larger online orders often saves me shipping costs. Think about simplifying your gift giving as much as possible. Can you decide to give everyone in a particular category the same gift? Years ago, I decided to give all of my kid’s teachers a personalized notepad. My childhood friend makes them for me. They come wrapped in a clear bag and all I have to do is add a bow and gift tag. Are there gifts that you can give every year?

      Thinking of ideas is only part of the process. Keeping track of what you have purchased and where you have put those purchases is important too. Have you ever bought a gift early in the season and forgot where you put it? Just me??? I have done this so many times so now I write down where I put it on my gift giving sheet.

      In the end, giving gifts is about honoring the people in your life. It is about knowing your budget, and being intentional. By listing all the people you want to bless with gifts and getting ideas onto paper you can avoid last-minute shopping trips. Get the Holiday Planning Guide to help you get organized and out of overwhelm.

      Here are a few of my favorite food gifts:

      Puppy Chow

      Candied Nuts


      Homemade Candy

      Party Mix

      Taco Mix

      Quick Breads

      Homemade Vanilla

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      Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

      For a transcript of this podcast, click here. 

      Episode 59 Are Holiday Food Traditions Important?

      Holiday food traditions help ground our families. They are little things that create stability and reliability for our children. They can be very simple or more complex. Maybe you take your kids out to lunch on the last day of school before Christmas break, or you get donuts on Christmas Eve morning.

      What are the holiday food traditions in your family? We would love to hear about them in the Feed Your Family Tonight Facebook group. 

      Cinnamon Monkey Bread

      Cinnamon Monkey Bread

      Christmas morning we like to wake up and open presents. Before the kids go downstairs to see their gifts, I turn on the oven and place a pan of monkey bread in the oven. The house starts to smell like cinnamon bread and it is the perfect start to a day of family fun.

      This monkey bread can be made in the evening. The second rise happens in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning you can heat the oven and add the pan of monkey bread. It is sweet and warm, laced with cinnamon and totally addictive.

      You can make it with my Food Processor Bread Dough or frozen yeast rolls.

      Cinnamon Monkey Bread

      2 Pounds Frozen Yeast Rolls or 1 Recipe Food Processor Bread Dough

      1/2 Cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, Melted

      4 teaspoons Cinnamon

      1 Cup Sugar

      Cooking Spray


      Remove the yeast rolls from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for about 1-2 hours. Once they are thawed enough to cut, cut each roll in half.


      Make the Food Processor Bread Dough. Once it has risen 35-45 minutes, punch down the dough to remove the big air bubbles and cut into golf ball size pieces with a kitchen scissors.


      Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Spray a bundt pan well with cooking spray. Dip the cut rolls into the melted butter, roll in the cinnamon sugar and layer in the oiled pan. Continue dipping the rolls in butter, rolling in cinnamon sugar and placing in the pan until all the dough is used.  If there is any remaining butter, pour it over the top of the rolls.

      Spray a piece of plastic wrap and place over the pan. If you are using frozen dough, let them rise for 2-3 hours in a warm place. If you are using the Food Processor Dough, let them rise 45 minutes in a warm place. OR Place in the refrigerator overnight.

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

      Place the risen monkey bread in the oven on the middle rack and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes until deep golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place a serving plate on top of the rolls. Using pot holders, invert the pan over the serving plate and remove the pan. Serve warm.