Planning an Easter brunch? Try ham with a brown sugar and mustard glaze alongside a glorious poppy seed bread!

Each slice of this poppy seed bread delivers a taste of heavenly sweet citrus. My dear friend Victoria Norris Pfuehler, a registered OR nurse, loves baking this bread for her hospital co-workers and I thought it would be ideal to serve at brunch.

Victoria's Citrus-Glazed Poppy Seed Bread


Spectrum All-Vegetable Shortening

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 large cage-free eggs

1 cup 2 percent milk

3/4 cup cold-pressed canola oil

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1 tablespoon poppy seeds


1/4 cup orange juice

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring

1/4 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a large baking loaf pan with Spectrum All-Vegetable Shortening

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350ºF for 60 - 65 minutes. Remove bread from oven, place on a wire rack and slowly spoon glaze* over the top. After bread has cooled, loosen edges with a butter knife and transfer to a pretty serving board.

*Prepare glaze: Add orange juice, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, plus butter flavoring in a pan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Pour over loaf, let stand for 20 minutes, loosen edges with a knife and remove loaf from pan.

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

Follow this convenient guide to help plan and prepare a baked, glazed ham.


Plan on half pound per guest.

Fully cooked boneless ham, 4 -7 pounds, heat 12 minutes per pound.

Fully cooked bone-in ham, 5 - 18 pounds, heat 15-18 minutes per pound.

Fully cooked bone-in spiral sliced ham, 7 - 10 pounds, heat 10 minutes per pound.

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze


3/4 cup spicy brown mustard

3/4 cup local honey

2 tablespoons orange zest

1 tablespoon orange juice

2 tablespoons brown sugar


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk together; set aside. About 15 minutes before your ham is done heating, remove it from the oven. Heat the oven to 400ºF. Brush the ham with prepared glaze and return it to the oven for 12-15 minutes. Let ham set for 15 minutes before carving.

Serve with steamed brussel sprouts or asparagus and scalloped potatoes for a traditional spring holiday meal.