Makovnjaca Recipe

I love and hope you love it.First try was Croatia-Zagreb and unforgettable taste , the honey mixed ,blue poppy seeds rolled with special sweet dough ,oooooooh , My mouth watered , here comes ...


250-300 g flour sieved, 9-10 oz
2 ts baking powder
1 pinch of salt
120 g butter soft, 4 oz
60 g sugar 2 oz
1 egg
1 pinch of cinnamon
grated zest of 1/4 lemon
a little cold milk
250 g poppy seeds finely ground, 0.5 lb
150 g sugar 5 oz
2 Tbsp honey
40 g breadcrumbs 1.4 oz
40 g raisins 1.4 oz, to your taste
1 pinch of cinnamon
3 Tbsp rum
1/4 l milk 1 cup
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract


DOUGH: Sieve the flour and mix with baking powder and salt. Add soft butter, sugar, egg, cinnamon, and lemon peel. Kneed into dough adding a little bit of cold milk. Cover dough and let stand in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
FILLING: Put ground poppy seeds in a small pan together with sugar, honey, raisins, cinnamon and rum. Cook over low heat until thick. The filling has to be smooth and a little wet. If it turns out too wet, add breadcrumbs after it cooled out. If it's too dry, add a little bit of milk.
Roll the dough on a baking paper into a 45x40 cm (18x16 inches) rectangle and cut into 2 equal parts. Spread poppy seed filling equally on both dough halves and roll up into a strudel. Put the two rolls, together with paper (they are very soft), onto a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes at medium heat.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 6
Yield: 8-10 pieces cake - (6-8 servings apprxmtly.)
Style: Eastern European
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