Poppy Seed Roll is a frosted yeast cake, rolled and filled with dense poppy seed filling.
Our Polish version is known as ‘Makowiec’ (pronoun.: Mak-ov-yetz) and is overflowing with chopped nuts, dried fruit and liquor-soaked raisins.
It’s the perfect traditional treat for your family and friends during the festivities.
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.
To learn more about the interesting history of ‘Makowiec’ (and the surprising controversies around this cake), check out the article on Culture.pl
Do you need any special ingredients to make this Poppy Seed Roll?
This cake’s star ingredient is the Poppy Seed Filling. It should be jam-packed with nuts and fragrant dried fruit.
- You can use a store-bought filling from a can. In Poland it’s available in any larger supermarket. Internationally, you’ll find it at Polish stores.
Sadly, most of these ready-made products are of a terrible quality. They’re too sweet (sweetened with corn syrup or sugar instead of real honey); with little to none nut & fruit content. Which brings me to the second option:
- Using a homemade filling. It’s easy to do, and you’re fully in control of what goes in. Make a lot in advance (skipping the eggs) and store in a freezer for a later use.
Here’s a detailed Poppy Seed Filling recipe.
You’ll also need some yeast, either active dry or fresh.
The rest of the ingredients should be easy to get in any store.
What could you serve with Makowiec?
In Polish cuisine, ‘Makowiec’ is a Christmas and Easter dessert, served alongside other cakes.
Poppy Seed Roll goes well with hot beverages, as well as red and white wines (sweet, semi-sweet or a sweet Tokay wines).
Can you make this Poppy Seed Roll another way?
Personally I wouldn’t. That’s a traditional way to bake his cake.
What diets is this Makowiec suitable for?
This recipe is suitable for vegetarians.
How to store this Poppy Seed Roll?
Poppy Seed Roll stays fresh for a long time (for a cake that is 😃). It tastes best when fresh, but you can bake it up to 2 days before serving.
Store ‘Makowiec’ in a cool place for up to 4 days, covered with a towel. Unless you live in a hot climate, there’s no need to refrigerate it.
Can I freeze this Poppy Seed Roll?
Yes, this Poppy Seed Roll freezes very well.
Just wrap it with cling film, stick a label on (with date and description) and place in the freezer. Thaw for 2 hours before serving, at room temperature.
Note: If you’re baking this roll with an intention of freezing – skip the frosting and decoration. Frosting turns runny and sticky in the freezer. Decorate the roll once defrosted.
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