Let me bake you happy!

2014 is wrapping up! We Slavs believe that eating poppy-seed cakes brings luck in life hence with these sweet creamy rolls, I would like to wish you All a very Happy, Peaceful and Delicious 2015! Homemade poppy seed buns recipe A yeast cake stuffed with a minced poppy is traditional Slavic dessert. Some raisins, almonds or walnuts are the most typical additions. In the Eastern European tradition poppy, containing thousand of seeds in one poppy head, is a symbol of harvest and fertility. Ingredients; For the dough: 1 tablespoon instant yeast 300g flour 150 ml whole milk 30g sugar 40g melted butter 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar pinch of salt zest of 1 lemon For the filling: 1/2kg poppy seed paste (available in McCambridge’s or any Eastern European grocery shop) 3 tablespoons of honey 50g walnuts, chopped 2 egg whites Home made poppy seed rolls recipe For decoration: 1 egg white 3 tablespoons of honey heated up in a microwave handful of walnuts, chopped I used a ready-made poppy seed paste but here is how to make it from the scratch; Ingredients; 1 cup sugar 6 ounces softened butter (1 1/2 sticks) 1 cup hot milk 1 lemon rind, grated Method; Grind the poppy seeds in a grinder, then combine all filling ingredients. Beat well and set aside. Method; Dough: Mix the yeast with sugar and vanilla sugar until dissolved. In the meantime heat up the milk to 40C. Sift the flour into a big bowl. Add warm milk and the yeast with sugar. Mix everything until well combined. Dough will be sticky at this point. Cover a bowl with a kitchen cloth and set aside for 20 minutes in a warm place. Leave the dough to raise. Next, add a pinch of salt, two egg yolks and a zest of lemon. Mix everything and then add melted butter. Sprinkle with flour and knead until it starts to peel off your hand. Form a ball of dough and cover with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise (the dough should double in size). Filling: Mix poppy seed paste with honey, 2 egg whites and chopped walnuts. To make the buns: Dust your counter with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to thin rectangle (3-4mm). Spread the filling onto the dough and then roll the dough up. Flour knife and cut the dough into 5cm pieces. Now place them on a baking paper, leaving about a 2cm of space in between each one. Cover with the kitchen cloth and set aside to rise for approximately 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C. Brush tops of the rolls with the egg white. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Once the rolls cool down, brush them with warmed honey and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Enjoy Folks! Home made poppy seed rolls recipe Tip: You can do twice the portion and freeze the rolls for busy day. To warm them up you can use oven or microwave. If you plan to use oven, you should under cook them for about 5 minutes.

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