Thursday, May 17, 2012

Poppyseed Bread

Over the years, I've been doing my best to learn some of the foods I grew up eating with the Polish side of my family; things like potato pierogies, babka, nut bread and our christmas barszcz.  One of the recipes that has evaded me was Poppyseed Bread (or roll).

By now you've probably figured out that it didn't evade me this year ;)  With some translation help from Magda, I made a poppyseed bread that would've made anyone fail their drug test!  Actually, I have no idea if it would or not, but we all kept going back for more so I can only imagine.

Poppyseed Bread
from my Babka recipe & Moje Wypieki
Yield:  2-3 loaves

For the bread:
1c milk
1/2c butter
1/2c sugar plus scant 1T, divided
1t salt
2 pkg yeast
1/2c warm water
4-6c AP flour
1t grated or dried lemon peel
2 eggs, beaten

For the filling:
500g poppyseeds
250g sugar (or a little less)
100g raisins
50g chopped walnuts
1T honey
almond extract, a few drops
cinnamon, as much as you like (I'm always generous)
1T butter, softened
6 egg whites  (save the yolks for an egg wash)

Combine butter, milk, 1/2c sugar and salt in a small pot and turn on heat on low.  Once the butter has melted and sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

Once the butter/milk mixture has cooled, add warm water to a small bowl and sprinkle with yeast and scant tablespoon of sugar.  Let stand 5-10min, until bubbly.

In the bowl of a stand mixture, add cooled butter/milk mixture and eggs, then using the whisk attachment mix until well combined.  Add 2c flour and lemon peel and mix well.  Change to the dough hook and with the machine running, add flour until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl.  Remove dough and place on a floured surface.  Continue to knead and add flour until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.  Place in a bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling.  Bring 500ml water to a boil, and then pour over poppyseeds in a medium bowl.  Set aside to cool.  The original recipe said to grind the poppyseeds twice, but I didn't have much luck with a coffee grinder or blender, so I just proceeded with the recipe and it turned out fine.  If you want to try grinding, best of luck!  Add sugar (I started with 150g), raisins, walnuts, honey, almond extract, cinnamon and butter and mix well.  In a clean bowl, whip egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Gently fold egg whites into the poppyseed mixture and taste.  Add more sugar, if necessary (I ended up using adding a bit more).

Preheat oven to 350deg.

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down.  Cut the dough into 3 pieces (when I did two they came out way too large!) and cover them with a towel.  One at a time, roll out each piece of dough into a rectangle.  Spread out 1/3 of the poppyseed filing, leaving 1" on the edges.  Starting from the long side of the dough, roll up tightly.  Transfer to a cookie sheet (I baked mine on a pizza stone) and brush with the an egg wash made from several yolks mixed with a drop or two of water.

Bake in preheated oven for 30-45min (the time will depend on the size of the loaf), until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.  Let cool on a rack before cutting.

Looking at these pictures again, my mouth is watering!  While we usually make this for Easter, I'm thinking there's no reason not to enjoy it any time of year :)

Have you every tried a poppyseed roll?  Or ever tried grinding poppyseeds--any advice??


Ranjani said...

Beautiful! If I had to fail a drug test, I'd want to fail it because of this =)

We Are Not Martha said...

What a beautiful bread! And I'm sure delicious, too. I love baking bread and keep saying I'm going to make some every week.... But I haven't made any in months!


Elizabeth said...

This looks awesome! Just like the ones I see in Polish markets and bakeries :)

Brian Samuels Photography said...

I'm a babka fiend! Just love everything about it. This bread looks marvelous!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

Hurray for Polish recipes! I might have to bring this to my family's picnic in July. I love poppyseed bread! Thanks for the delicious recipe. :o)

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

What a pretty bread and the filling sounds really tasty.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Hahaha... love the line about failing a drug test - I've always wondered how many poppy seeds it would take ;). The bread looks divine!

vanillasugarblog said...

that's a really good looking bread too
i still haven't even tried making my own bread--unless soda bread counts? lol
i avoid all things yeast.
bad i know

Biz said...

I've never heard of poppy seed bread, but it looks amazing!

Hope you have a great weekend Shannon! :D

Sacha said...

This looks wonderful. I love babka, and would definitely like to try this!

AikoVenus said...

This bread is so gorgeous! I've never had a "real" poppyseed roll but a little toasting and smashing (or putting in a spice grinder) wouldn't hurt. ^^

Anonymous said...

Yum! Absolutely love poppy seed roll, my grandma used to make one and my dad recently made it just like she did, it's my fav!

Joanne said...

My boss has yet to start randomly drug testing, so I think consuming a whole roll of this would be pretty safe! Hopefully.

Looks delicious!

Delicious Dishings said...

That looks amazing! So great that you are connecting with past food traditions!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This is just beautiful. I always enjoy babka but have never made it. I love that you added poppyseeds!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I love poppyseeds! So cool that you have your family recipe for this.

Natalie said...

i've been wanting to make a swirl bread for so long! yours looks beautiful!

Katerina said...

Looks very beautiful and luscious! It is so nice to keep connected to family and country traditions!

Pencil Kitchen said...

I've been seeing this bread all over the web these days... Although I'm not a fan of poppyseed, you guys got me going for it :)

Christine said...

This looks legit, and I don't see any reason why it can't be made whenever you want.

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, it looks so perfect - I'm impressed!

Erica said...

I've never had anything like this! Sounds totally amazing.

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! Really like the way you presented it. Been looking for a poppy bread recipe for ages! - so thank you very much for you post!

You have a great blog. :)

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