Total Time
3hrs 40mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 40 mins

My hubby's mother used to make this frequently, for holidays and other special occasions. Prep time includes rising times.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Dough

  • 2 cups milk, warmed to 105 to 115 degrees f
  • 1 ounce household yeast (1/2 cake)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 7 -8 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 lb margarine
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • Egg Wash for brushing rolls

  • 2 eggs, plus
  • 2 tablespoons milk, beaten well
  • Poppyseed Filling

  • 8 ounces poppy seeds, crushed (or whirled in a blender)
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 34-1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup dark seedless raisins
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Directions

  1. Poppyseed Filling: Melt margarine in a skillet, add ground poppyseeds and cook, stirring, for about 4-6 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Stir in confectioner's sugar, honey, lemon peel and raisins.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Fold into stiffly beaten egg whites.
  5. Dough: In a large bowl, crumble yeast into lukewarm milk.
  6. Add sugar and egg yolks, mix with a beater until well blended and set mixture aside for 1 hour.
  7. In another large bowl, combine 7 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 pound margarine and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mixing together as you would for pie crust.
  8. Add egg mixture, working dough until it comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  9. Grease dough and cover with a towel to rise in a warm draft free place until doubled.
  10. Divide dough into 4 pieces.
  11. On a lightly floured board, roll each piece of dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  12. Spread filling to desired thickness on each dough rectangle, leaving about 1/4 inch of dough along the edge uncovered by filling.
  13. Roll dough up, like you would for a jelly roll.
  14. Pinch along the edge to seal.
  15. Place rolls (seam side down) on greased cookie sheet.
  16. Brush each roll with egg wash*.
  17. Cut several small slits across top of each roll.
  18. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise about 20 minutes.
  19. Place rolls in preheated 350°F oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until done.
  20. Carefully remove rolls to wire rack to cool.