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!
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!
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.
Excellent taste! My first generation Polish father in law loved it. There is a small error in the "Directions" section, "#5". It says "knead the remaining 2 cups of flour in" and that should be remaining 5 cups of flour in! Also, I think there should be another instruction between 14 and 15, which instructs to divide the dough in half, since this makes 2 loaves. But the taste was well worth the work.
This is the BEST. My husband is from Poland, & he absolutely LOVES this recipe. The only problem with this cake is that it is addicting because it is SO GOOD!!