Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake


LEMON POPPYSEED CAKE
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
3 large eggs
Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons poppyseeds
1¼ cups granulated sugar
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 by 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, poppyseeds, and 1 cup of the granulated sugar. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Gently fold in the oil.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove it to a rack. Place a sheet of foil underneath the rack.

Combine 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Brush and dab the mixture over the bottom, sides, and top of the warm cake, letting it soak in. Make sure the cake is right side up to cool completely. Serves 12.

When it is cool, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Drizzle the topping over the cake.

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