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.
|Aloo Posto – Bengali Potatoes with Poppy Seeds||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.|
|Citrus and Poppy Seed Pudding||A simple dessert recipe infused with citrus and poppy seeds. Make this now while citrus is in season!|
|Germknoedel – Steamed Sweet Dumplings||Served either with melted butter or vanilla sauce and poppy seeds crushed with sugar, Germknödel are popular at Austrian ski resorts. Try these dumplings on a cold day, after a bowl of vegetable soup for a delightful meal. |
|Hamantashen||A hamantash (or hamentasch), is a filled-pocket cookie or pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape.|
|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.|
|Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins||Lemon zest and poppy seeds add texture and flavour to these luscious golden muffins|
|Makovnjača – Poppy Seed Roll||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).|
|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.|
|Mohnnudeln – Poppyseed Noodles||Thick potato dough noodles in Bohemian and Austrian cuisine, similar to the Schupfnudel. The main difference is, that Mohnnudeln are served with melted butter, ground poppy seeds, and sprinkled with icing (confectioner’s) sugar.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Prekmurska gibanica||a cake made with poppy seeds, cottage cheese, walnuts, and apples from Slovenia|