Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread

This Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is made with the perfect blend of sugar and citrus!

You won’t be able to stop at just one tender, lemony slice of this sweet bread!

Sweet and citrus Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread!

It’s a bit hard to admit this, but I’m not the kind of girl who actually spends time on herself.  I’m the kind of girl who showers, dries her hair, throws on a Life is Good tee-shirt, a pair of jeans and I’m good to go.

Soft, tender, citrusy Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread!

I got my nails painted and now my life has changed.  See, my nails are NEVER painted.   Which is why people noticed my red glistening nails and I found myself blushing at the compliments.  Suddenly I found myself feeling very feminine and pretty.  I couldn’t stop staring at my own fingers.  I started waving them around as if I was a hand model or a game show host model showing off the grand prize.  I walked around flipping my hair and walking with more swagger than I ever had before with the words “fear me, I am woman” swirling around in my head.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread

The subtle act of getting my short nubby nails painted made me reconsider everything about myself.  How different would I feel if I did something radical like wear mascara?  Or instead of a tee-shirt I actually wore something with a little color or even a collar and maybe a skirt too!  Crazy, I know!  I could wear flats instead of my woolly slippers and actually fix my hair instead of letting my wavy locks air dry.  I could be a completely different person-confident, bold and fearless!

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread

Yeah, that’s totally stretching it.  It’s all so much work.  Besides, after doing dish after dish after dish, my nail polish is already chipping.  All the class I thought I had went swirling down the drain with all the soap suds.  It’s just as well.  I’m a floury mess when I bake.  I wouldn’t want to ruin my good shirts, would I?  And this brings me to this bread!  It is absolutely dreamy.  It’s made with Meyer lemons and poppy seeds.  Each tender slice is held together by a citrus sugar mixture.  A perfect lemon glaze is drizzled right over top.  The glaze is sticky and sweet and sticks to your fingers so that you have to lick it right off.  Nail polish and sugar just dont mix.  I’ve decided I’d rather have the sugar!


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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pull Apart Bread
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 ¼ oz envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened and divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 ½ cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 Meyer lemons, zested
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg white
  • Drizzle
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 5 Meyer lemons juiced or ⅔ cup
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a measuring cup and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Beat ½ cup butter at medium speed in a stand mixer. Gradually add ½ cup sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy-about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, milk and lemon juice. Stir in yeast mixture.
  3. Gradually add bread flour and poppy seeds until blended.
  4. Sprinkle a flat surface with bread flour. Turn out dough and knead until smooth (approx. 5 minutes). Coat a large bowl with cooking spray, coat dough completely. Cover and place in a warm place free from drafts for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and lemon zest.
  6. Punch down dough and turn out onto flat surface. Divide dough in half. Roll out 1 half of dough into a 20 x 12 inch rectangle. Spread dough with ½ cup softened butter. Cut dough into 5 strips about 12 x 4 inches each. Sprinkle each strip with citrus sugar mixture.. Stack each strip, one on top of each other. Cut into sixths. Lightly grease 2 9x5 bread pans. Place stacks cut side up into prepared pan. Repeat procedure with second half of dough.
  7. Whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, honey and egg white. Pour over loaves. Loosely cover each pan and let dough rise once again for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  8. Bake for 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Add aluminum foil to the last 10 minutes if your loaf begins to brown too quickly. Remove from oven and let sand 10 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool on a wire rack.
  9. Whisk together all the ingredients for the drizzle. Pour over bread.


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41 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, Tanya, this looks simply amazing!!! I am the biggest lemon lover ever, and I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, which I will SO be trying! :) Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy Monday!

    • I love lemon too Cindy!! Thanks for sharing Cindy!

  2. Oh yeah, I’d definitely rather have this bread over pretty nails! I love seeing lemon recipes pop up online now – I think it means warmer weather is coming ??!

    • I adore lemon recipes Holly! It makes me think of spring too-which means I need more lemon recipes!

  3. This pull apart has my stomach growling so loudly! It looks wonderfully moist and the lemon flavor is just what this winter needs to brighten things up.

    My nails are always painted. I do them myself and it’s nice time to relax. Most of my days are spent at home working, so I’m in my track suit, no makeup, tangled hair. But when I go out, I dress up, do my makeup and hair and wear high heels, and it never fails to make me feel better. I want to smile all the time :)

    • You totally have the aright approach. You do feel better when you look better! I thought this lemon bread was just what winter needed! Thank you Laura!

  4. You are hilarious Tanya. I totally know what you are saying though! I put in some earrings and suddenly I’m thinking of myself as a Vogue cover model. Only it’s Vogue SAHM’s Addition :) Pinning this bread! It looks amazing!

    • It’s the little things Lisa isn’t it? Hey, us SAHM need to get through the day!

  5. Get gel nail polish- no chips for 2 weeks!! I treat my mom to a pedicure 2 times a month and honestly it is so nice to just set aside 45 minutes- it really does make a difference! I have always wanted to try pull apart bread but have yet to, the lemon ugh!! I want my lemons to turn yellow already- damn green lemon tree!!

  6. This looks so good Tanya! I am a big lemon fan – especially meyer lemons and I would definitely sacrifice my manicured nails to have some of this amazing looking bread! Pinning!

  7. This bread sounds delicious! And you made it look amazing, too! Thanks for sharing

  8. Wow! My mouth is watering. I love making pull apart bread and your version looks incredible! Meyer lemons have been rocking my world lately – they’re just so good. Can’t wait to try!

    • I pick up a bag of lemons each time I go to the store. They are wonderful! Thank you Kathi!

  9. Okay first of all this bread needs to get in my face like NOW. It is amazing.
    And second — omg you sound like me! Last time I got a manicure was for my sisters wedding 5 1/2 years ago. I am sooooo bad at being a girl. But then when I do something small I have all this swag. Hilarious. Gimme jeans and a t-shirt though. It’s really the only way I know how to be.
    P.S. Paint your toenails. It lasts longer.

  10. I was so getting my nails painted until the end of that story! :) Seriously continuing to drool over this bread….

  11. I’m drooling over this lemon pull apart bread. Pinned and sharing! Thanks for reminding me that I really need a manicure and pedicure :)

  12. You are cracking me up!! I totally agree with everything you said in this post! I feel like a new girl when my nails are painted – which is just about NEVER! I hate getting ready and spend almost every day in yoga pants with my hair in a ponytail! I would kill for this bread, though! It looks SO AMAZING!!!! Love the pictures, yum!

    • Thank you Jen! I wish I were more girly, but it’s just not going to happen!

  13. I”d take this delicious looking bread over painted nails ANY DAY!! (I actually don’t like how nail polish feels on my fingers….let alone the chips that begin immediately!!)

    • I knew I was the only one in the world who prefers to have unpainted nails! Thanks Cathy for making me feel normal!

  14. Oh my this is making my mouth water – so good!

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  16. Wow that looks amazing! I love love lemon breads. I’m going to have to make this because the hubby loves lemon and poppy seed. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Nikki

    Am I missing something? The filling calls for melted butter, honey and egg white, but the recipe makes it sound like those are for the glaze. This is super-complicated…can’t you just come make it for me?!

    • There are actually two parts to the filling, the sugar/zest and the syrup.

  18. Sandra

    Wondering about the glaze ingredients? Should they include 1 tsp Vanilla plus 2/3c Meyer Lemon Juice

  19. Rebecca

    Why does the glaze call for 1 tsp lemon juice, then the juice of 5 lemons? I’m a little confused.

  20. Hello, looks beautiful!! I am wanting to make this but the recipe seems to be missing instructions for the filling. Normally this would be self explanatory, except you mention sprinkling “citrus sugar”, so that throws me off. The filling ingredients would be more of a liquid substance. Usually citrus sugar is simply zest and sugar. I do not see where the filling fits into this recipe, since there is the citrus sugar and then the glaze. Please advise. Thanks for your help in figuring out the proper way to this gorgeous bread.

    • I amended the recipe, hopefully it’s easier to understand. Thank you!


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