1/8tsp.saffronoptional, gives a warm flavor and deep golden color to bread
1½ CupsAP flour
2Lemons – grate zestthen juice
Combine poppy seeds, saffron, if used, and milk. Let stand one hour to extract flavor.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine dry ingredients and lemon zest. Add to creamed mixture, gradually, alternating with poppyseed milk. Beat until just smooth.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pans or muffin tins. Bake.
Standard loaf: 1 hour
Miniature loaves or muffins: 45 – 55 minutes
While bread is baking, prepare syrup. Combine sugar and lemon juice in saucepan. Stir over low heat just until sugar dissolves. Pierce hot loaves or muffins with skewer. Pour hot syrup over bread. Let cool in pan 30 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks. This is best served the next day.