Family Favorites...Old Fashioned Poppy Seed Tea Bread

We like Poppy Seed Bread, and I didn’t really have a good recipe for it, so I tried this one from “Land O Lakes Treasury of Country Heritage Meals & Menus".  This recipe was a real hit with my husband – moist, tender and very, very good.
 I added the half-recipe version (you can use 2 small eggs); or split your large recipe between two pans (like 8 ½ x 4 ½” loaf pans) and bake for less time if you wish.  You can have a bread to keep and one to share.   This freezes well.             
                    Old Fashioned Poppy Seed Tea Bread
6 Cup Bundt Pan
12 Cup Bundt Pan
    ¾      cup  Sugar  (5 ¼  ounces)
  1 ½     Cups  Sugar  (10 ½ ounces)
     ½     cup  Butter -- softened
  1         Cup  Butter -- softened
  1 ½     large  Eggs (or 2 medium eggs)
  3         Large  Eggs
     ¾     teaspoon  Almond Extract
  1 ½     Teaspoons  Almond Extract
     ¾     teaspoon  Vanilla Extract
  1 ½     Teaspoons  Vanilla Extract
  1 ½     cups  Flour, All-purpose (6 ¾ ounces)
  3         Cups  Flour, All-purpose  (13 ½ ounces)
     ¾     cup  Milk
  1 ½     Cups  Milk
     ½     tablespoon  Poppy Seeds
  1         Tablespoon  Poppy Seeds
     ¾     teaspoon  Baking Powder
  1 ½     Teaspoons  Baking Powder
     ¾     teaspoon  Salt
  1 ½     Teaspoons  Salt
             Powdered Sugar
             Powdered Sugar
Bake 35-45 minutes
Bake 50-65 minutes
Heat oven to 350°.  In large mixer bowl, combine sugar, butter, eggs, extracts.  Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
Add all remaining ingredients except powdered sugar.  Continue beating until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).
Pour into greased and floured 12 cup Bundt pan or 10 inch tube pan.  Bake for 50 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 
*(If using a half-recipe, use a 6 cup Bundt or loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.)
Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.  Cool completely; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
16 Servings

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