This is a list of poppy seed pastries and dishes. Poppy seeds are wildly popular in Eastern Europe and appear in everything from sweet to savoury foods. For many Eastern Europeans, particularly Poles, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Russians, Lithuanians, Slovaks, Czechs and Slovenians, poppy seeds are a symbol of wealth, the tiny seeds representing coins. They figure prominently at Christmas and New Year’s expressing hoped-for prosperity in the coming year.
Eastern Europeans like to sprinkle whole poppy seeds on breads, rolls and cookies, and in salad dressings, but more often than not, they are ground or crushed to release their flavour in a special grinder or in a ridged bowl with a tool known as a makutra in Poland, and used in pastries or with buttered noodles.
Probably the most popular pastry is poppy seed roll, also known as poppy seed strudel and known variously as makowiec in Poland, mákos bejgli in Hungary, bulochki s makom in Russia, makový závin in the Czech Republic, makovník in Slovakia, aguonu; vyniotinis in Lithuania, makovnjača in Croatia, and ruladă cu nuci in Romania. Poppy seed roll is an indispensable dessert for the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter.
Many Eastern Europeans grow the Oriental variety of poppy known as Papaver somniferum in their organic gardens (no pesticides or herbicides) with the specific intention of harvesting the seeds from the dried seed pod or capsule. The test to know if the pod is ready is to shake it. If the seeds can be heard rattling around, they’re ready.
|Poppy Seed Bagels||A bagel is a bread product, traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked.|
|Germknödel||Served either with melted butter or vanilla sauce and poppy seeds crushed with sugar, Germknödel are popular at Austrian ski resorts. |
|Hamantashen||A hamantash (or hamentasch), is a filled-pocket cookie or pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognisable for its three-cornered shape.|
|Kalach||Kalach , also known in Ukrainian as kolach, is a traditional East Slavic bread, commonly served during various ritual meals. The name originates from the Old Slavonic word kolo meaning “circle”, “wheel”.|
|Kluski z makiem||Polish noodles with poppyseeds or kluski z makiem is one of the traditional dishes served for wigilia or Christmas Eve dinner. The recipe varies by region. Some add nuts, candied orange peel, or raisins when it becomes kluski z makiem i rodzynkami. Modern families use purchased egg noodles and poppyseed filling, but many still make their own kluski and grind their own poppyseeds. This dish is often a substitute for kutia. Poppyseeds are always present because they represent wealth in the coming year.|
|Poppy Seed Kolache||Kolache is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe.|
|Kutia – Slavic Christmas Poppy Seed Dessert||A Slavic Christmas concoction of poppy seeds, honey, wheat, nuts and fruit was consumed on the longest night of the year, during a ritual to remember family ancestors. The dish has survived for millennia and has been adopted as part of the Christian Christmas Eve tradition.|
|Mákos bejgli||Hungarian poppyseed roll, also known as “Christmas bread”.|
|Mákos guba||a Hungarian bread pudding dessert made from crescent rolls, poppy seeds, and milk|
|Makovník||a nut roll filled with poppy seed paste|
|Makovnjaca||A Serbian pie could, in general, be called in two ways: according to its mode of preparation, and according to its filling (although not every pie is prepared with every filling).|
|Makový závin||Czech poppy seed roll|
|Makowiec||The poppy seed roll is pastry consisting of a roll of sweet yeast bread (a viennoiserie) with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. An alternative filling is a paste of minced walnuts, making it a walnut roll.|
|Makówki – Silesian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding||A traditional poppy seed-based dessert from Central Europe. It is most notable in Silesia, where it is served almost exclusively on Christmas Eve.|
|Mohnpielen||Refer to Makówki – Silesian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding|
|Mohnstriezel||German poppy seed cake|
|Mohnstrudel||poppy seed strudel popular in Germany and Austria|
|Lemon Poppyseed Muffins|
|Lemon Poppyseed Cake|
|Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberries||These muffins are very moist and flavourful. They’re great for breakfast, coffee breaks or a simple dessert.|
|Hungarian poppy seed pasta|
|Prekmurska gibanica||a cake made with poppy seeds, cottage cheese, walnuts, and apples from Slovenia|
|Aloo Posto||Potatoes sauteed in a thick coating of poppy seeds is a signature dish from Bengali cuisine. |
|Blueberry Crème Fraîche Tart with Poppy Seed Crust||This impressive blueberry tart features a sweet crust with the addition of poppy seeds. Try it with fillings of your own, such as lemon cream or pastry cream.|