Betsy’s Orange Poppy Seed Bread

Posted by on Friday, May 8th, 2009

Betsy was one of my best gal pals in high school.  I have fun memories of spending time with her, especially at her house.  Both she and her mother are excellent cooks and this recipe is one of my favorites.  She hand wrote me the recipe nearly 20 years ago.  I’v e made this bread so many times that the recipe card is nearly torn in half, and her pretty handwriting is blurred, faded, and smudged.  Besty if you are reading this, would you please send me another copy in that pretty handwriting of yours? ( I was always envious of her pretty penmanship).

In large mixing bowl add:

  • 3 cups SELF RISING flour
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter flavoring

Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.  Pour into 3 greased/floured loaf pans, or 3 8×8 baking dishes.  The loaves will need to cook 50-60 mintues or until the batter is done in the middle.  The 8 x8 pans will take less time, but ovens vary so test for doneness before removing from oven.


Mix together while bread cooks, and pour over bread when removing from the oven:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon butter flavor
  • Orange zest if desired

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3 Responses to “Betsy’s Orange Poppy Seed Bread”

  1. Heidion 09 May 2009 at 12:00 pm 1

    Just came across your blog. Lots of yummy recipes I’m excited to try!

  2. Betsyon 19 May 2009 at 6:21 am 2

    I will, of course, send you another copy of my recipe… in my handwriting! That was too sweet! Actually, some of my most treasured recipes are those written in someone’s handwriting… the lemon cake in my grandmother’s distinct backhanded, curly cue writing or the perfect penmanship of my mother (she said her teacher used to pop their hands with a ruler if they weren’t forming their letters correctly!) Handwriting is such a personal thing, I think it makes the recipes we use even sweeter when we know the hearts and kitchens they came from. Love, Love, Love you Tara!!!! Your website is absolutely the coolest place I have visited on the web!!!
    xoxo Betsy

  3. Taraon 19 May 2009 at 7:01 am 3

    Hey Betsy,

    Do you still make this bread too? I’d love to see your Grandmother’s lemon cake recipe! xoxox’s to you too!