Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

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My mom is the queen of quick breads. I’m not kidding. Her breads are always the perfect balance of cake and bread, and always cook completely through without burnt edges or mushy centers. I don’t know how she does it — but I resent her making me love them so much.

Growing up, she used to make quick breads by the dozen during holidays. I come from a decently large family, and she made enough that we could not only serve one of probably five varieties at our 3-4 holiday meals, but enough that everyone could take at least two loaves home with them — which is crazy because I’m pretty sure we only had 2-3 loaf pans.

It is because her quick breads are so good that I’ve been somewhat dubious with Paleo quick breads. I’m definitely not a Paleo snob, so for the most part I take the approach that if it’s not as good as the real thing, then I’ll eat it (non-Paleo) as a cheat. Does that make sense? For me, if I’m not really enjoying it, then what am I really gaining? For the most part, it’s non-issue, but there are a few meals that for me are just better enjoyed non-paleo: Pizza is my big one, and until this recipe, quick breads were the second.

Lemon flavored anything is typically a hit around here. I love this bread because it’s light and fluffy and not too eggy-tasting despite the many eggs  in the recipe.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted and cooled
6 eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
3 tablespoon 100% maple syrup, or honey
4 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease/butter a 4×8 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the poppy seeds. Mix until batter is smooth.
  3. Stir in the poppy seeds and immediately transfer the batter to a bread pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm!

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I love the way this bread smells, and it baked to a perfect golden color. For a girl who has been completely hit or miss with Paleo baking, this experiment made me feel like somewhat of a winner. Sorry for the lack of creativity in the photos. It went straight from oven to table and was devoured quite quickly.

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In other somewhat belated news, the baby birds have been gone now for a week. They flew the nest one-by-one in less than 24 hours and have now disappeared into the neighborhood. I miss them terribly and somewhat embarrassed at just how attached to them I got. I am somewhat relieved that I can finally clean all the poop and gunk from my window though.