Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf

Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Recipe from The Lunchbox Season

Who doesn’t want a beautiful pink loaf of sweet bread on Valentine’s Day?

This is my grapefruit and vanilla riff on a most beloved Canadian Living Lemon Loaf Recipe from a few ages back.

Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season


  • Loaf
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 3 tbs poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tbs grated pink grapefruit rind
  • 2 tbs grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Optional: a few drops of red/pink food colouring
  • Grapefruit Soak
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 2 tsp grated pink grapefruit rind [optional]
  • 1/3 c fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Optional: a few drops of red/pink food colouring
  • Quick Grapefruit Icing [Optional]
  • 3/4 c Icing Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbs Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • Optional: pink gel or natural food colouring


  • Heat oven to 325.
  • Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it or coating it with baking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, seeds, baking powder and salt.
  • In a small cup, mix together milk, juice, vanilla, rind, and optional food colouring, and let sit to sour slightly.
  • In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
  • In alternating batches, stir flour mixture and milk mixture into butter mixture.
  • Spread into the loaf pan.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour, until a skewer comes out clean.
  • About 15 minutes before the end of baking time, make the grapefruit soak:
  • In a small pan heat sugar, rind, juice, vanilla, and optional colouring, stirring just until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove the soak from the heat.
  • Right after the loaf comes out of the oven, pierce the loaf with a skewer in 12-24 places.
  • Immediately spoon the syrup over the hot loaf.
  • Leave the loaf in the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For even more concentrated flavour, wrap loaf tightly in plastic and refrigerate for 12-24 hours before icing.
  • For the icing, placing icing sugar and rind in a bowl and mix.
  • Add vanilla and mix.
  • Add juice by the tablespoonful until icing becomes thick but spreadable.
  • Add optional food colouring if desired.
  • Ice loaf.
  • ENJOY!!

Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Recipe

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