Prep 3 hrs
Cook 1 hr
A classic German cake. Goes well with your afternoon tea or coffee.
- 1⁄4 cup lukewarm water
- 3 (7 g) packages active dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup sugar, plus
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄2 cup lukewarm milk
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1⁄4 lb unsalted butter, softened
- 1⁄2 lb poppy seed
- 1⁄3 cup finely chopped blanched almond
- 1 cup seedless raisin
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemons, rind of
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, separated
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 8 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp heavy cream
- Place the poppy seeds for the filling in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for three hours.
- Pour the lukewarm water into a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar on top.
- Leave for a few minutes until frothy.
- Transfer the yeast to a large bowl.
- Dissolve the 1/2 cup sugar in the milk and then stir the milk into the yeast.
- Beat in three cups of the flour about 1/4 cup at a time.
- Beat in the eggs one by one and then the butter, which should be broken into bits.
- Beat until the dough can be gathered into a ball.
- Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead in the remaining cup of flour a few tablespoons at a time.
- The dough will be stiff and quite dry.
- Shape it into a rough ball, place it in a mixing bowl and add enough cold water to cover the dough by several inches.
- In 10-15 minutes the top of the dough should rise above the surface of the water.
- Remove the dough from the water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Return to a floured board and knead again for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Shape into a ball and place in a lightly buttered bowl.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled.
- Meanwhile, drain the poppy seeds and spread them out on paper towels to dry.
- Then pulverize them in an electric blender or with a mortar and pestle.
- Combine the seeds with the almonds, raisin and lemon peel in a large bowl.
- In a heavy saucepan, bring 3/4 cup of the milk and the sugar to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the 2 tbsp flour in the remaining 1/4 cup of milk.
- Slowly beat the flour and milk mixture into the simmering milk.
- Bring to a boil again, whisking constantly until the mixture is thick and smooth.
- Pour over the poppy seed mixture and stir well, then beat in the egg yolk.
- Separately, beat the egg white until it forms peaks.
- Fold into the poppy-seed filling.
- Grease the bottom and sides of two 5 x 10 x 2-1/2 inch loaf pans with the soft butter and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- When the dough has risen, punch it down and divide in half.
- Roll each half into a rectangle about 10 x 15 inches and 1/4 inch thick.
- Spread the filling evenly over the rectangles to within 1/2 inch of their edges.
- Dribble 4 tbsp of melted butter over each and then shape them by rolling each 10 inch side into the centre, jelly-roll fashion.
- Hold both sides together and flip so the seam is on the bottom when the cake is set in its pan.
- Brush the tops with the egg and cream mixture and bake on a middle oven shelf for 1 hour or until the cakes are golden brown and crusty.
- Cool in the pans for about five minutes, then turn onto a cake rack.
- Cool completely before serving.
This is a great recipe that I make for my family...just a suggestion... Solo makes poppy seed filling and have not found it hard to get.. Will cut down some prep time.. My mom also would make this recipe not as a yeast dough, but more cake like.. I prefer the yeast..
I finally made this! Although it was time consuming, it tasted just as I remember when I was a little girl and my grandmother made it at Christmas time. I gave some to my father and my aunt. They said it was wonderful! and just as they remembered. I will make it again and again! Thank you Sackville Girl for giving me the recipe! It brought back a lot of memories:)