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Poppy Seed Orange Bread

Poppy Seed Orange Bread

Made with sweet orange and maple and tart dried currants, this cake is the perfect blend of flavors, completed by a tahini-maple glaze.

Poppy Seed Orange Bread

This has been a whirlwind of a year and I am so excited to celebrate my birthday, and the beginning of a new year like this – I just published a book. Whoa! Check it out, it’s called Coseena.

If I could explain the path that has led me to today it would look like a windy back-country road, full of steep hills, switchbacks, set-backs, and poor visibility. All I have done is put one foot in front of the other. I took every day as a tiny hill, and climbed without too many expectations. Along the way I cooked like I have never cooked before and learned to accept that everything takes a really long time.

I have spent the past six months cooking, photographing, editing, designing, editing again, packaging, and shipping books. Yes, I am feeling accomplished, and excited, and happy, and proud, but above everything else I am feeling so, so grateful for the people that have helped me along the way. I have laughed and cried, worked too many hours and too many weekends. I have been excited, nervous, frustrated, angry, and overwhelmed. I sliced my way through thick and thin to get to this – a true testament of grit and perseverance.

Poppy Seed Orange Bread

I didn’t really know what I was doingor if I even really did it right, but today, at least I can say I did it. Coseena now belongs to the world.

To celebrate my birthday and my book, I am sharing a spanking new recipe for a spanking new website – a cake that is bittersweet and as complex as the journey that led me here

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  • Author: Mariela Alvarez Toro
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • ¼ cup (plus one teaspoon coconut oil)
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • ½ cup poppy seeds
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon maple sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350

To make the bread:

  1. Your oven should be warming to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Line the loaf pan with a 10” wide sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Place gluten-free oats in a food processor, pulse until it resembles coarse flour. Transfer out of the food processor and into a separate bowl. Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Place ¼ cup of the coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, dates, vanilla, and juice and zest of one orange into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well incorporated.
  5. Add dry ingredients into the food processor. Pulse until just well incorporated.
  6. Add poppy seeds and currants into batter. Pulse for just a few seconds, then transfer the batter into the prepared grease pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a sharp knife into the center of the bread. Bread is ready if knife comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together maple sugar, tahini, water, and vanilla.
  2. Transfer bread into a serving plate. Drizzle glaze over the bread, then garnish with the poppy seeds.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Baking


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