Kumquat Lemon Poppy Teacake

I do love poppy seed sweet breads...and this particular version uses kumquats (along with lemons and a tangerine). The season for kumquats is nearly over, but I found several packages in my market. If you can't find them and think the idea of making this with kumquats is unique and fun, save the recipe for next winter.
The crumb of this loaf is tender and light and the kumquat glaze adds a little tartness to every mouthful. 

Kumquat Lemon Poppy Teacake
From Huckleberry by Zoe Nathan

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
zest of 8 kumquats, reserve fruit
zest and juice of 3 lemons
zest of 1 tangerine
2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup pastry flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.
Butter a 9 by 5 loaf pan and sprinkle it with dry bread crumbs. Knock out extra crumbs.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, salt and zests for 2 minutes, scraping the sides. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time, beating in between. Add the flours , baking powder, poppy seeds, buttermilk and vanilla and beat cautiously to mix. Do not overmix.
Pour into baking pan and bake for 60 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Do not overbake.
In the meantime, in a blender or processor, puree the lemon juice and kumquats with 3 tablespoons sugar. Scrape the puree into a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes. Strain and set aside.
Remove the cake from the oven and while still warm, brush with the puree...the tops and sides.

I made two small loaves and froze one.


  1. I love the idea of kumquats..never ever baked with them!

  2. One of my favorites; I love lemon/poppy flavor. I bet this was delicious with tea. xo Catherine

  3. Marvelously citrusy! A heavenly combination.



  4. I love the idea of using kumquat in this beautiful citrus cake and it has such a smooth and light crumb.

  5. Poppy seeds and citrus make a perfect match and the bit of tart kumquat glaze on tops sounds perfect. Hope you are enjoying our warm weather Barbara.

  6. well, i guess it wouldn't be a poppy seed treat without lemons in there somewhere. :)
    never had kumquats, but very curious!

  7. oh this sounds good have a lovely weekend

  8. I also love sweet breads. This looks so good!!

  9. I've never had a kumquat! I see them occasionally in the grocery, but I've never tried them. This sounds delicious though, so the next time I see them I'll know what to do with them. :)

  10. OOOHHH. I love kumquats. I wish I'd seen this before I went to market today. I sometimes cook them in sugar syrup and then roast them with asparagus... so good together. Will try this when I see them again.

  11. I'll have to see if my grocery store carries kumquats. Once in a while, I'll see them there. I also love poppy seed in sweet breads. This sounds delicious, Barbara!

  12. I've never baked with kumquats - I don't see them for sale often here. Your teacake sounds lovely!

  13. Dear Barbara, This is a perfect cake for tea. xo Catherine

  14. I can't honestly say I know what a kumquat tastes like but I love the idea of it being "tart"! Will definitely be saving this recipe for the next time I encounter a kumquat & since I'm heading to Fresh Market tomorrow my odds have just increased significantly :)



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