Glazed Key Lime Bread

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

This moist, buttery quick bread is flavored with key limes and poppy seeds then covered in a sweet-tart key lime glaze.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Glazed Key Lime Bread

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8 to 10
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 10 minutes
Special equipment:10-inch loaf pan, handheld electric mixer or stand mixer


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed key lime juice, divided
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon key lime zest


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan with 1 tablespoon butter. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed or in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together remaining cup of butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla and 1/3 cup key lime juice until combined. Add flour mixture to bowl and beat until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smooth top, and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

  3. 3

    Whisk together confectioners sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons key lime juice, and key lime zest until smooth. Pour glaze over bread while warm.


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