Polish Poppy Seed Roll – a traditional poppy seed roll recipe that will result in the best and most delicious poppy seed roll ever!
Today I’m going to tell you all about poppy seed rolls and about dinosaurs. The two go hand in hand, right? Well, not really, but I’m excited to tell you about Drumheller and how much fun we had there today. What a gorgeous day, it was really a beautiful warm and sunny day and hubs and I just didn’t want to waste it. So off we went to Drumheller.
If you’ve never heard of Drumheller, it’s a little town in the Badlands of east-central Alberta, about an hour and a half drive from Calgary. Drumheller is known for the Horseshoe Canyon, which is just amazing and beautiful and below you can see a picture of the canyon, that’s what you see everywhere you look around.
But Drumheller is also known for its dinosaurs, specifically the Royal Tyrrell Museum which we visited today again. It’s a museum that hosts Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, so if you or your kids are into dinosaurs, this is the place to see! I swear I feel like a little kid every single time we go there!
It’s about as close to Jurassic park as you’re going to get. Here are a couple shots of my favorite, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, or trex. How amazing is it that these guys used to roam the earth a few million years ago!
Now I’m in the mood to see Jurassic Park again!
But that’s enough about dinosaurs. Let’s talk poppy seed rolls now. Poppy seed rolls or Walnut breads are always found on our dinner table during the holidays. I recently just made this for our Easter which was just last weekend and I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you, because it’s the best poppy seed roll I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a few.
It was a huge roll, but everyone couldn’t stop eating it. The poppy seed filling is flavored with lemon and orange zest and it was the best. But let me start at the beginning.
I never used to do this before, grind my poppy seeds. I always thought they’re small enough so no need to grind them. But a reader asked me about it not too long ago and of course my curiosity got the better of me and I bought a spice grinder, yep never had one before! Below you can see a shot of the poppy seeds before and after so you can see the difference. The difference is not only in how they look but as you grind them the seeds release all their oils and other goodness, and they’re just more flavorful, let’s just put it that way.
The dough is a very typical and simple dough to make. The rest is like making cinnamon rolls. You roll out the dough, spread the poppy seed filling then make a roll and pinch the side.
I brushed mine with egg and sprinkled with turbinado sugar, but there are many options here. For example you could skip the egg wash and make a simple icing or glaze to pour over once the roll is done baking, another option is to sprinkle it with poppy seeds. I prefer the turbinado sugar, but it’s totally up to you.
Once baked, it will smell incredible. You really really must let it cool before slicing into it. Hard job, but you must resist. The wait will be worth it. This is my favorite recipe for a poppy seed roll and it’s a Polish recipe. I’ve made this before using different doughs, and the filling can vary a bit. The great thing is that you can get fancy with the shapes for this roll, or you can make many mini poppy seed rolls. Whatever you decide, the taste will be amazing.
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Polish Poppy Seed Roll - a traditional poppy seed roll recipe that will result in the best and most delicious poppy seed roll ever!
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup milk , heated to 110 F
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 egg beaten (for egg wash)
- 1 cup poppy seeds
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- zest of 1/2 a lemon
- zest of 1/2 an orange
Using a spice grinder, grind the poppy seeds slowly, about 2 tbsp at a time and 10 seconds for each portion. Scoop out any that stick to the bottom of the grinder as you go. Add the poppy seeds to a medium size bowl and add the boiling water, and the rest of the poppy seed filling ingredients, stir and set aside.
Add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt to the bowl of your mixer. Stir in milk, oil and egg. Beat for a couple minutes and if the dough is too sticky, add more flour and beat using the dough attachment until it forms into a ball and the sides of the bowl are clean.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit and rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the dough into a 14 by 16 rectangular shape. Spread the filling almost to the edges, and roll starting at the 14 inch end. Seal the edges and pinch and tuck the ends under. Place on prepared baking sheet and let it rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, should take about an hour. A few minutes before ready for baking, preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with some sugar or poppy seeds if preferred. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and fully baked inside.
Always check the expiration date on your yeast and make sure it hasn't expired. All your yeast products whether it’s in a jar or a package should be stamped with a “Best if Used by” date. Always make sure you check this date, even when you purchase the yeast, who knows it could have been on the shelf past its expiry date.
To keep your yeast fresh and longer lasting, unopened yeast packages or jars should be stored in a cool or dry place such as your cupboard. However, you can also store your yeast in the fridge or freezer. If you do store it in the freezer and need to use yeast for your baking, make sure you take out the amount you need and let it sit at room temperature for at least half hour before using.
Once your yeast package or jar has been opened, you must refrigerate the yeast or freeze it in an airtight container.
One thing to remember about your yeast, is that it is a living organism and over time it will lose activity, even if you’ve never opened the jar or package. So if you don’t bake often, buy the smaller yeast packages rather than a big jar of yeast.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Recipe source from Jenny Can Cook