Makowiec (Poppy Seed Cake/Roll)

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 50 mins

A traditional Polish dessert, especially popular during the Christmas season. My grandmother used to make one for each son, or else they would fight over them! It's a lot of work, but totally worth it, it's delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. For the dough: Mix together yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Pour in milk, stir until dissolved.
  3. Whisk in 1 cup of flour, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
  5. Knead remaining 2 cups flour and butter into yeast mixture, adding each alternately a little at a time.
  6. Kneed until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes.
  7. Place dough in a large bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  8. For the filling: Simmer poppy seeds in a medium pot full of water until soft, about 40 minutes.
  9. Drain and puree in a food processor, about 4 minutes.
  10. Return poppy seed puree to same saucepan.
  11. Add sugar, butter, raisins, almonds, vanilla extract, and honey.
  12. Cook, stirring, over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  13. Set aside to cool.
  14. To Cook: Preheat oven to 350*F.
  15. Roll out dough to a 16" x 12" rectangle.
  16. Whisk egg white in a bowl into stiff peaks, fold into the poppy seed filling.
  17. Spread over dough, leaving a 1" border all around.
  18. Fold dough lengthwise in thirds to form a long log.
  19. Pinch ends to seal.
  20. Place cake on nonstick baking sheet, brush with beaten egg white, and bake until it sounds hollow when tapped, about 50 minutes.
  21. Cool before serving.
Most Helpful

i made this cake today, and it turned out to be exactly like i remember my grandmother's. i remember baking this cake with her when i was a little girl. today, as i was preparing this cake, wonderful memories came flooding back, as i was kneading the yeasty, fragrant dough. the cake looks and tastes just as i remember it. the poppy seed mixture is delicious, also exactly the same. this will be a keeper in my house, and hopefully will pass down this recipe as a family heirloom!

gaily56 February 11, 2012

We went to my DH's families house for a traditional Polish Easter meal....and this was the PERFECT thing to bring. I used a can of Poppy Seeds (Solo) instead of cooking and grinding the seeds - this saved a TON of time and work. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Next time I make it, I will definitely put it in a large bread pan so that the bread rises up instead of out. Thank you for submitting this recipe!

NcMysteryShopper March 27, 2005

I think this may be a good recipe, but it's very important to GRIND the poppy seeds, instead of just putting them in a food processor. It doesn't taste good unless they are thoroughly ground. I'm going to give it another try after purchasing a coffee grinder, that's what I've read about this type of cake/roll that most people grind the poppy seeds.

clsyta April 26, 2011