Milly Pocic’s Poppy Seed Bread

This recipe was given to us by a wonderful woman who was there when we first learned our son was entering our lives. Milly is no longer with us, but I make this bread every Christmas in honor of her and that memory. I made it this year in Prague–but without all the ingredients! Who knew there was no vanilla or butter extract in the Czech Republic!

3 C. flour 2 1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt 3 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/8 C vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp butter extract
1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 C milk
1 1/2 tsp almond extract 3 eggs

Combine all dry ingredients. Combine liquid ingredients.
Make a well in dry ingredients. Pour liquid in and stir.
Grease and flour 2 9×5 1/2 in loaf pans.
Pour batter into pans and top w/ 2 tsp sugar.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hr to 1 hr and 15 min.
It will be brown on top and not gooey in the center–but don’t let it overcook!

We have also given these loaves as Christmas gifts to neighbors. So far no one’s ever thrown one back at us!

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