Makowiec (Poppy Seed Cake/Roll)

Recipe by basia1
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 1 cake




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