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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Melissa's Poppy Seed Bread

For the bread:

3 cups + 3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp (each):  vanilla, almond, butter extract

For the topping:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp each of almond, butter, vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients, the add liquid ingredients.  Combine until completely mixed together.  

Spray 2 large loaf pans (or 4 small).

Bake at 365 about 1 hour.

While baking, mix topping ingredients and set aside.  Stir once again before using.  To use, pour evenly over loaves while the bread is hot.  Loosen bread in the pans prior to topping.  Let sit about 20 minutes, then remove to cool.   Store in an airtight container.

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