Makowiec (poppy seed roll)


In my old archives back from when I was in Poland over Christmas I found another little treasure- makowiec (also called makownik sometimes) or a poppy seed roll I made together with my mom according to her recipe. It’s made of sweet yeast dough and stuffed with poppy seed mixed with raisins, candied orange peel and walnuts. The stuffing is supremely moist, delicious and flavorful. Makowiec is the best fresh from the oven with a glass of milk. It is usually, but not exclusively, served over Christmas and other holidays.

Also, today is St. Patrick’s Day and I hope everybody has a fun day celebrating! I decided to give up alcohol for lent which may not sound too hard to do but since we usually have booze on different social occasions it is a great willpower exercise. Today, however we got a dispensation and I am sure going to use it, go to a bar and celebrate with some nice cold beer, oh yeah!

I started with melting yeast in warm milk and adding 1 teaspoon of sugar and 5 tablespoons of flour. I placed it in a warm place to rise.

In the separate bowl I sifted the flour and mixed in chopped butter, sugar, salt and eggs.

Then I added yeast mix to the rest of the ingredients and kneaded the dough, cover with a kitchen towel and let it sit for about 15 more minutes.

In the meantime I prepared the stuffing- the easiest way is to buy a ready poppy seed filling (masa makowa like this one on Amazon). If you want to make your own and have poppy seeds no problem, it’s doable, may take some time though. Pour hot over poppy seeds and mince it twice. Then I added raisins soaked in water, candied orange peel, sugar, walnuts, sugar, flour, almond oil and eggs.

I divided the dough in half and rolled out pretty thin. The recipe makes 2 makowce. I spread the poppy seed filling evenly on both  pieces of dough. I rolled them to and created the poppy seed rolls. I rolled both in parchment paper, leaving some space inside for them to grow. I baked them at 350 F for 50- 60 minutes.

I didn’t do the icing but you are more then welcome to- mix powdered sugar with lemon juice and sprinkle with extra candied orange peel.



If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!

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  • Dough:
    • 4 cups of flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 sticks of butter
    • 2 tablespoons of sugar
    • 50 g of fresh yeast (or 14 g of dry yeast)
    • 1/2 cup of milk
    • a pinch of salt
  • Stuffing:
    • 4 cups of poppy seeds
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 3 tablespoons of flour
    • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup of raisins
    • 1/3 cup of candied orange peel
    • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • Icing (optional):
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 -3 tablespoons of lemon juice
    • candied orange peel


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