Here’s what makes a Polish-style Poppy Seed Roll so special:
This festive Poppy Seed Filling is made out of ground poppy seeds, with an abundance of chopped nuts, raisins and fragrant dried fruit. All the ingredients are joined together with mild honey.
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know below.
Poppy Seed Filling is great for yeast breads, sweet rolls, tarts, pastries and… for pierogi too!
Believe me when I say this: a ready-made canned Poppy Seed Filling from a store cannot compare.
Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make this Poppy Seed Filling?
Most of the ingredients should be available in any major supermarket with an extensive baking department. Poppy seeds, raisins and dried fruit are easily available online as well.
Equipment-wise, you’ll need a meat grinder (plus a disc with fine holes). You could try using a blender or food processor instead. Just be aware that there’s a risk of lumps and the texture of the filling will be looser.
What could you make with Poppy Seed Filling?
You can make an array of desserts with this filling, here are some suggestions:
- Poppy Seed Buns, Crescent rolls, Muffins, Cookies
- Poppy Seed Cheesecake
- Polish desserts, such as: Poppy Seed Roll (‘Makowiec’), Poppy Seed ‘Kołocz’ (Silesian cake) and Poppy Seed Pierogi. Skip the eggs to make ‘Kutia’, ‘Makówki‘/’Makiełki’ dessert and Poppy Seed Noodles.
Can you make this Poppy Seed Filling another way?
Eggs make this filling lighter and fluffy, but it’s okay to skip them. Without eggs, filling can be stored in the fridge for a later use.
What diets is this Poppy Seed Filling suitable for?
This recipe is suitable for vegetarians. To make this recipe vegan-friendly, skip the eggs and replace honey with 1/3 Cup (70 g) of sugar.
How long can you keep this Poppy Seed Filling in the fridge?
When done with eggs, it’s best to use it up immediately.
If you’re making this filling ahead of time (with an intention of using it later), skip the eggs. You can store it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Eggs can be added at the very last minute, immediately before baking your cake.
Can I freeze this Poppy Seed Filling?
Yes, you can – but remember to skip the eggs. Move the filling into a freezer-friendly container or a bag and label it with today’s date and a description. Use it up within 3 months.
FAQ & troubleshooting
Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions regarding Poppy Seed filling.
🤔 How long should I soak poppy seeds?
Poppy seeds have a hard shell, so it’s worth soaking them in hot liquid (water or milk) for at least 30 minutes – or even better – overnight.
In this recipe, we’re cooking the poppy seeds in milk for 15 to 20 minutes and then grinding them 2 to 3 times. That makes them soft and ready to use in a filling.
🤔 Can you grind poppy seeds in a food processor or blender?
Yes, you can – but there’s a risk that the results might be unsatisfactory (unground lumps, a texture that’s too loose).
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