Lemon-Chia Seed Tea Bread

More lemon recipes anyone?  Apparently, we’re on a lemon kick here.  First, the lemon-ricotta cookies with lemon glaze and now this.  A delicious, tender quick bread with just the right amount of lemon.  Can we still be friends?

I actually got the inspiration for lemon-chia seed bread from the back of my bag of chia seeds.  It was for a vegan recipe which I’m interested to try some time.  Just not this time.  The day I made this bread, I didn’t want to get too experimental.  I wanted to take a lemon-poppy seed bread recipe I knew I’d like and just use the chia seeds in place of the poppy seeds.

In the end, the bread was delicious.  The chia seeds were a little less crunchy than poppy seeds, but they were still plenty crunchy for me.  The flavor was different than poppy seeds, too, though not in a way that detracted from the bread at all.  In my opinion, the chia seeds were a great move–they have much better health benefits than poppy seeds and I already had them on hand 🙂  Of course, if you’d rather use poppy seeds please do.  I’m sure you’ll like the bread either way.

lemon chia seed bread

Lemon-Chia Seed Tea Bread

adapted from epicurious


zest and juice of 2 large lemons, divided

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

6 TBSP unsalted butter, softened

1 c. granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 c. milk (almond, coconut, rice, dairy, buttermilk)

2 TBSP chia or poppy seeds

1/4 c. confectioners’ sugar


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray or butter and flour one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or 2-3 mini loaf pans (not glass), knocking out any excess flour.

2.  Finely grate enough zest from lemons to measure 2 tsp. and squeeze enough juice to measure about 1/4 cup. 

3.  Into a bowl
sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

4.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together
butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs 1 at
a time, beating well after each addition. 

5.  With mixer on low speed add
flour mixture and milk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with
flour mixture and beating just until batter is combined well.  Beat in seeds and 1 TBSP lemon juice and pour batter into prepared loaf
pans, smoothing tops. Bake loaves in middle of oven until a tester comes
out clean, about 1 hour for a full-sized loaf or 40-45 minutes for mini loaves.  Check for doneness with a skewer or toothpick.

6.  While loaves are baking, in a small bowl stir together 2 TBSP of
remaining lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to form a glaze.

7.  Cool loaves in pans on a rack 15 minutes. Run a thin
knife around edges of pans and invert bread onto rack. Turn
right side up and pierce top all over with a thin skewer. Repeatedly
brush lemon glaze over tops of loaves until all of glaze is absorbed.

8.  Cool loaves completely. Bread keeps, wrapped in wax
paper, in an airtight container at room temperature 4 days or, wrapped
in foil and frozen, 1 month.

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  1. Brid
    March 23, 2012 / 7:48 am

    Only two days ago, I wanted to make lemon poppy seed muffins and didn't have any poppy seeds. I did have chia seeds though. It never even occurred to me to use those instead!

  2. That Girl
    March 23, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    I still haven't ever used chia. This looks like it would be a nice first introduction.

  3. Jeff Rasmussen
    March 25, 2012 / 5:22 am

    Looks perfect for an afternoon tea snack! I love all the flavours in this, definitely a winner!

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