Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Loaves with Bed and Breakfast Style

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The weather is supposed to be beautiful here in the northeast this weekend. I’ve invited a few friends for “cocktails on the veranda” tonight and others for a casual barbecue at the end of the day Sunday. But I’m keeping the mornings to myself so I can quietly sit on the patio and look out at my garden while I drink coffee and read the paper. It’s one of the nicest, most peaceful times of year in my yard; the only movement comes from the many birds and squirrels that live here along with my family. And even the chickadee that moved into the Mets birdhouse under our gazebo is quiet and knows not to interrupt my solitude in the early morning.    

But a girl can get hungry sitting out there in the yard.

And so I thought I might make something a little special to go along with the weekend. I thought I’d make the kind of something that you’re lovingly served when you stay at a bed and breakfast. In fact though, it’s been a long time since I’ve stayed at any bed and breakfast; I avoided them completely after I had to stop eating gluten. Their lavish breakfasts are typically loaded with gluten filled delicacies I can no longer eat. But I’ve been noticing that more and more of them are graciously accommodating those of us on a gluten-free diet. And the lovely Anne Barfield and her husband Joe were among the first. So I will say right here and now that the first bed & breakfast I plan to stay in as a gluten-restricted guest will be their Chicken Paradise Bed & Breakfast in San Antonio, Texas. (Anne Barfield- I noticed those morning Glory Muffins, the peach tart and the fancy cake on your website, and all I can say is – I’m comin’ down for a visit.)

But back to my something special for the weekend. I took my Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Loaves (from Gluten-Free Baking Classics)  out of the oven a little while ago and they are looking really good. (Anne, you might want to add them to your repertoire.) Sous chef boy just came in and is sniffing around. I’m going to have to hide two of them in the refrigerator (in the vegetable draw where he never looks), because I want to make sure there is some left for me.

So if you can’t make it down to San Antonia this weekend to stay at Chicken Paradise, you can treat yourself to a real bed and breakfast kind of morning with these very delicious lemon poppy seed tea loves.


Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Loaves
These are the kind of delicate little lemon breads you’re served with your morning meal at old-fashioned bed and breakfasts. Light and bursting with lemon flavor and crunchy poppy seeds, they are one of life’s pleasures. Bake up a batch to serve for a Sunday brunch or afternoon tea. In their new gluten-free form, they stay fresh for days in the refrigerator and freeze so well that you’ll be able to enjoy them several weeks later.

Makes four 5 x 3-inch loaves.

2     cups Brown Rice Flour Mix*
2     teaspoons baking powder
3⁄4     teaspoon xanthan gum
1⁄2     teaspoon salt
1⁄4     cup poppy seeds
2     packed tablespoons grated lemon rind
1     cup granulated sugar
1⁄2     cup canola oil
3     large eggs
1⁄2     teaspoon lemon extract
3⁄4     cup milk (or rice milk)
Granulated sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Position rack in center of oven. Grease four 5 x 3-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon rind in medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, and lemon extract in large bowl of electric mixer. Beat for 1 minute at medium-high speed. Add flour mixture and milk and mix until just blended.
  4. Fill loaf pans with batter. Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool breads for 10 minutes on a rack and then remove from pans. Cool another 30 to 45 minutes before serving. Cut using a serrated knife with a sawing motion. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Store breads covered tightly with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to five days. Breads can be covered with plastic wrap and then with foil and stored in freezer for up to six weeks. Best when eaten within four days of baking. Rewarm briefly in microwave.

*Find my Brown Rice Flour Mix in the Guide to Flour Mix section of this blog.

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11 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Loaves with Bed and Breakfast Style”

  1. What a pleasant surprise to read about Chicken Paradise here on your blog. I will make these tomorrow, and will remember to make you our Morning Glory Muffins. This is a recipe I got at the Morning Glory Cafe on Nantucket over 15 years ago. After my diagnosis I converted it to be GF.

    Come visit when figs are in season and I will make you our fig tart. The original recipe was from Patricia Wells Provence cookbook. Most of my favorite recipes have history and pleasant memories attached. Thanks, Annalise.

    1. I am so going to come down there. Been wanting a taste of San Antonio!
      very best,

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  3. I went to print the lemon poppy seed tea loaves and could not find a print icon. I did not want to print all 5 pages of this issues of your newsletter.

    1. hi!
      Yes, there is no print icon. But just click on the title “Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy…..” at the top and go to the individual blog post. Then simply cut and paste the recipe into a word doc and print!
      Hope you enjoy the tea breads.

      very best,

  4. Hi Annalise, Have recently discovered your books and site. Am a fan. One question-recently learned am allergic to eggs + GF. Do you have any suggestions for egg substitutions that work well with GF. Am known for baking, but recipes, some of which have been perfected over the last 30 years, are quite spectacularly failing. Thanks.

    1. hi!
      Glad you are enjoying my recipes!

      As for your new egg allergy, unless you use a recipe developed for egg-free baking, the replacement you should use depends on the recipe- there is no one size fits all, I’m sad to say. Flax seeds, banana, apple sauce, prune, egg replacer are most commonly used. I’ve done a bit of egg free baking, but have not tweaked any of my recipes at this point. Rather than reinvent the wheal, I think (Cybele Pascal has done the best egg-free work of the gluten-free bakers (although her recipes are also dairy free, which you don’t have to worry about). If I were you, I’d look at how she replaces eggs in different categories of recipes, and then adapt her techniques to my recipes. She uses Authentic Foods GF Classic Blend as her all purpose flour (the same one I use), and her bread flour mix is like my bread flour mix, minus the corn starch.

      Also, if you are having a problem on a particular recipe that is befuddling you, I’d be happy to help. Just let me know.

      Very best regards,

  5. Annalise – I discovered your book on Amazon and got it after my daughter was diagnosed with celiacs. So glad I picked yours!!! Your recipes are awesome, and this is from a baking Mom and Grandma – baked all my life. The flour mix you suggest makes the best cakes and muffins, So, thank you for helping Kelly and me move on and have a great new cooking adventure!

    1. hi!
      Thank you so much for writing. I’m glad you have found my recipes! I really believe that being able to recreate favorite foods in gluten-free form is important for those of us who are trying to stay away from gluten — and for those of us who care for others who need to. And, I agree that the Authentic Foods flour makes a huge difference in the taste, texture and quality of GF baked goods. Please let me know if you have any questions as you bake your way through the holidays!

      very best regards,

  6. Hi Annalise – Perhaps a silly question, but can this recipe also work in a muffin form? p.s. LOVE all your recipes I have tried so far. Luckily your cookbook was the first one I bought after my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac two years ago. Your awesome recipes have greatly improved our lives. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tami,
      You are very welcome! I’m happy you’re enjoying my recipes.

      As for your question: Yes, the Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Breads can be made into muffins (I know of several people who’ve done this). I’d check the muffins after about 15-18 minutes to see if they are done. I hope you enjoy them! It’s a really delicious recipe.

      Very best,

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