Polish Makowiec Popppyseed Cake Roll

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Polish Makowiec is a delightful dessert. A sweet cake roll with a poppyseed filling, Polish Makowiec is sure to delight you, your family and friends after a sumptuous, savory Polish meal – or any meal for that matter!

Polish Makowiec

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Polish Makowiec Recipe-

For the Dough-
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • cup warmed milk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • egg yolk
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
For the Filling-
  • 8 oz. poppyseeds, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • egg white, beaten lightly, plus 1 more egg white, unbeaten
To Make the Dough-
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the sugar, salt and yeast.
  2. Pour the milk into the bowl, and stir until dissolved.
  3. Whisk in 1 cup of flour; cover the bowl, and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about 15 minutes should do it.
  4. Now, add and stir in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
  5. Remove from the bowl, and knead the remaining 2 cups of flour and the melted butter into the yeast mixture; add each alternately a little at a time.
  6. Kneed for about 15 minutes, until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  7. Place the dough back into a large bowl; cover, and allow to rise until doubled again – about 1 hour should do it.
To Make the Filling-
  1. Simmer the poppyseeds in a medium-sized pot full of gently boiling water until soft – about 40 minutes.
  2. Drain the seeds and puree in an electric blender or food processor, for about 4 minutes.
  3. Place the poppyseed puree into a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  4. Add and stir in the sugar, raisins, almonds, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and honey.
  5. Gently cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes; set aside for now.
To Assemble and Cook the Makowiec-
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll outthe dough into a rectangle measuring 16″ x 12″.
  3. Whisk egg white in a bowl until it forms stiff peaks, then fold it into the poppy seed filling.
  4. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, but leave a 1″ border all around the edges.
  5. Fold the dough lengthwise, three times over, to form a long log shape, then pinch the ends tight to seal.
  6. Place cake roll on a nonstick baking sheet, then brush it with beaten egg white.
  7. Place in the oven and bake until it sounds hollow when tapped – about 50 minutes should do it.
  8. Cool your Polish Makowiec before serving.

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6 thoughts on “Polish Makowiec Popppyseed Cake Roll

  1. Sounds wonderful! Hubby and I love poppyseed muffins, so I bet we will also enjoy this cake roll. Thanks again for yet another ethnic dessert delight idea, Old Silly!

  2. Oh wow, looks so totally delish! Sure going to try this recipe out – and I want to try some other Polish dishes out, too. This site is so much fun!

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