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Polish Poppy Seed Cake

Polish Poppy Seed Cake

This is a treat called Makowiec.
Since half of this is made with a bread maker, it's so easy.
The orange flavor really stands out and is so delicious.

Ingredients: one 20 x 10x 5 cm roll

For the dough:
Bread (strong) flour
125 g
All-purpose flour
125 g
Instant dry yeast
1 teaspoon
Sugar
50 g
Milk
60 ml
Salt
1/2 teaspoon
Butter
50 g
Sour cream
30 g
Egg
1
Vanilla essence
a few drops
Grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon
For the filling:
Blue poppy seeds
80 g
Milk
100 ml
Butter
25 g
Honey
40 g
Finely chopped orange peel (candied)
1 tablespoon
Finely chopped raisins
40 g
Egg
1/2
Sugar
25 g
Brandy
15 ml

Steps

1. Place the dough ingredients into the bread maker and set it on the "dough-making course." While that's working, prepare the filling.
2. Blue poppy seeds are hard to find in stores, so I ordered them from "Amika" (a local restaurant ingredient import store).
3. Wash the poppy seeds and place them in a colander to drain. Place the poppy seeds and the milk into a pot and cook off the liquid.
4. Grind the boiled poppy seeds with a mortar and pestle.
5. Return Step 4 to the pot and reduce the heat to low. Add the butter, honey, orange peel, raisins, and sugar, and mix it all together.
6. Beat the egg well and add to Step 5. Mix until it becomes a paste. Lastly, add the brandy.
7. Remove the dough from the bread maker and place it on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 15 minutes.
8. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
9. Place the dough on a work surface dusted with flour, and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle.
10. Spread the filling on top as shown.
11. Roll it up from one of the long edges. Seal both ends so that the filling doesn't spill out.
12. Bake in the oven.
13. Once baked, let it cool. While still warm, cover with aluminum foil as shown. This will help it remain moist.
14. Once it has cooled completely, coat completely with icing and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

My husband kept saying how much he wanted to eat this, so I tried making it for him.