Sunday, September 28, 2014

Poppy Seed Roll - Traditional Hungarian Pastry

Grandma made the most delicious pastry rolls! The Poppy Seed Roll is a traditional Hungarian pastry that is a sweet bread known as Beigli. Poppy Seed Roll is often prepared for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Beigli [pronounced BAY-glee] is literally a Hungarian sweet bread with special delicious and tasty fillings. The poppy seed filling is one of the richest and most delicious tasting fillings.

Poppy Seed Rolls by Buttonwood Bakery
Growing up in Northeastern Ohio, we ate a lot of European recipes thanks to my grandmother who if she were alive today would surely be FAMOUS for her RECIPES! You know those traditional Hungarian recipes for these comfort foods: stuffed cabbage, hungarian goulash, hungarian spaetzle, langos, nut roll, poppy seed roll, butter horns, kifli, strudel, apple pie, crepes suzette and oh so many other traditional Hungarian goodies!

My grandmother was an amazing cook who prepared dishes and desserts that I will always treasure. This was one of grandma's most favorites to prepare because of its rich and dark, tasty filling. I can honestly say that I miss her as I am sitting here writing this page to commemorate another of her favorite recipes. I absolutely love these! Oh, just as must as I love Hungarian nut rolls, you know?

Delicious Photo Credit: Poppy Seed Rolls by Buttonwood Bakery.

A Tasty Poll
Cast your vote please. I love them! Yumm!
Have you ever had a bite of poppy seed roll?
  • Yes, many many times
  • Yes, perhaps once or twice
  • No, never have

My Confession : I Love Traditional Hungarian Pastry!
And, my grandma Julia Nagy made the best ever pastry rolls!

poppy seed roll from bubba's homebaked

"Poppy Seed Rolls are quite addictive! By that I mean, once you've tried the delicious pastry roll, you're hooked on them. Exercise caution."

Yumm, yumm, take a look at that picture of yummy Hungarian poppy seed rolls in my introduction. My special friends at Bubba's HomeBaked make their poppy seed rolls from their Hungarian grandmother's old-country, heirloom type recipe. I have sampled their recipe for both Hungarian Poppy Seed and Nut Rolls and rate them right up there with the authentic and best-ever Hungarian recipes of my grandma. Even my mom tried them and raved about the great taste and texture!

May I make a suggestion to you. If you have never tried these Hungarian pastry rolls, please take a moment to try some from Bubba's HomeBaked. They are delicious; just like my grandma used to bake.

P.S. I have another delicious source for these tasty pastry rolls just like grandma used to make! You'll want to try Buttonwood Bakery where you can actually buy some yummy poppy seed rolls. These delicious pastry rolls make great anytime gifts! Be sure to tell them JaguarJulie sent you! Be sure to drop me a note in my guestbook and tell me about your experience with these pastry rolls. Yumm Yumm! --The Brand Ambassador JaguarJulie!

P.S. I was the Official Squidoo Comfort Foods Contributor! Did you know that? Well, you probably guessed it. Yes, poppy seed rolls are some of my favorite comfort foods.

jaguarjulie and grandma julia nagy in cleveland ohio kitchen

Grandma's Cooking the Best!
My grandmother's poppy seed rolls were so good that they melted in your mouth. She also made the best ever nut rolls. I simply can't pick which traditional Hungarian rolls I liked the best. BOTH!

Make Your Own Pastry Rolls!

Start With Poppy Seed Filling! - Grandma Julia Nagy always started with poppy seeds from the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio.

May I recommend a handy can of Solo Cake & Pastry Filling Poppy Seed 12.5 oz. Once you become an expert chef, you can prepare your own poppy seed filling from scratch!

Wrapped Package of Bubba's HomeBaked Nut and Poppy Seed Roll 

Don't these look delicious even in the package?

bubbas homebaked package of nut and poppy seed roll

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Beigli is an authentic Hungarian pastry roll that is often served for Christmas.
It is sweet and has many varieties of fillings, the most common of which
are poppy seeds and walnuts.

Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll Recipe
Beigli Hungarian pastry rolls on a pretty plate by JaguarJulie

Beigli Hungarian poppy seed rolls on a pretty plate
2-1/4 tsp of traditional active dry yeast
1/4-1/2 cup milk
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm milk
4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
3 egg yolks
Poppy Seeds filling: 1-1/3 cups poppy seeds, grind well; 5 tbsp sugar; 1 tbsp honey; 1 tsp grated lemon rind; 1 tbsp apricot jam

Dissolve the yeast and granulated sugar in 1/4 cup of lukewarm milk. Set aside for 10 minutes until the liquid forms a foamy mixture.

Combine the flour, icing sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter. Mix well. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture and egg yolks. Mix gently, gradually adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk until the dough can be formed into a ball. Cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled in size (2 hours).

Mix the ingredients for the poppy seed filling in a medium saucepan and simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Divide the dough into two halves and roll each half on a floured surface into 12 x 18 inch rectangles. Spread the poppy seed filling on the dough, leaving a margin of at least an inch on all edges.

Turn up the sides to prevent leaking and roll the beigli lengthwise to form a 12-inch roll. Brush the tops of the rolls with egg whites, poke a few holes in them with a fork. Bake at 350 deg. F for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Poppy Seeds in European Food
Poppy is widely consumed in many parts of Central and Eastern Europe. The sugared, milled mature seeds are eaten with pasta, or they are boiled with milk and used as filling or topping on various kinds of sweet pastry.

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Poppy Seed Cakes Book

Here is a delightful read, The Poppy Seed Cakes (Everyman's Library Children's Classics).

This is a beloved children's classic first published in 1924.

You get eight charming and humorous linked stories about little Andrewshek and his Auntie Katushka, with colorful woodcuts by Caldecott Award-winning illustrators Maud and Miska Petersham.

Auntie Katushka has just come from the Old Country, bringing poppy seeds to make cakes for a mischief-prone four-year-old boy named Andrewshek.

There is art on every page, featuring mischievous animals and gooseberry tarts, colorful shawls and Russian dolls, and cheerful Auntie Katushka in her apron and handkerchief.

Yummy Poppy Seed Roll from Bubba's HomeBaked

Hungarian poppy seed roll and nut roll on a pretty plate

The very first time that we ordered a poppy seed roll from Bubba’s HomeBaked, was quite a while ago! Here is a picture of the actual poppy seed roll AND nut roll that we had.

After sampling these rolls a number of times, we came up with our favorite manner of preparation. We cut almost a one inch slice of the poppy seed roll and placed it in a small corning ware dish. On top, we spread a bit of butter, covered, and then microwaved until the butter melted and the poppy seed roll was warm. This was incredibly delicious to eat the roll with the warm poppy seeds!

Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll Recipe

5 or 6 cups flour
1 lg. fresh yeast or 3 dry yeast
1 can milk
6 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. sugar
1 lb. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 or 2 cans poppy seed filling

Scald milk; add butter, sugar, salt, and dissolve. Let cool. Mix yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Let rise or soften.

Beat eggs until light. Mix yeast mixture, milk, and eggs together. Put flour in large mixing bowl. Mix flour and mixture together and knead as for bread until satiny.

Place dough in a greased bowl and cover. It can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Divide the dough into 4 balls of dough. Roll out on sugar instead of flour, using one ball at a time.

Spread poppy filling onto the dough. Cut the dough as for pie wedges. Roll up and shape into crescents. Place on greased cookie sheet and let rise 15 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Another Order of Poppy Seed Roll from Bubba's HomeBaked!
Wish we had scratch and sniff and TASTE!!

Poppy Seed Roll on pretty plate

More Yummy Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll Recipes
Ah, it's Poppy Seed Rolls aka Beigli
  • Authentic Hungarian Christmas Recipes
    OMG! This has got to be one of my favorite places to find some excellent Hungarian Recipes especially Beigli Pastry Rolls with Walnut or Poppy Seed Stuffing.
  • RecipeZaar
    Recipe by Zsuzsa: This is a Christmas and Easter tradition in most Hungarian households. Make the dough the night before and leave in the fridge, this makes it easier to handle before baking.
  • Poppy Seed and Walnut Rolls
    An authentic recipe by Auntie Andrea.
  • Lucy's Sweet Surrender
    OMG! I'm in sweet heaven -- you can order poppy seed rolls online!
Poppy Seed Roll from Buttonwood Bakery

Poppy Seed Roll from Buttonwood Bakery
I am thrilled to find another bakery online from which you can order the Poppy Seed Roll.

You know, I have been promoting Buttonwood Bakery for several years and not made one cent on all the referrals I have sent their way! Nothing; nada.

What Buttonwood Bakery says about their Poppy Seed Roll: Taste the difference in our Poppy Seed rolls, filled to the brim with our delectable mixture of blue poppy seed, ground fresh right in our bakery. Perfect as a breakfast treat, for dessert or a late night snack! ~ Buttonwood Bakery

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Poppy Seeds Are Addictive!
Honestly! Once you acquire an appreciation for the taste of poppy seeds, you'll want MORE! ** Hey! we're on a roll !! **

Read All About IT!!!!

Feast your eyes on the product label from my last Bubba's HomeBaked poppy seed roll. Are you salivating yet? Better get your own.

Have you had the pleasure to taste a poppy seed roll?

Where may I ask? Do you make these pastry rolls? Have any tips or serving suggestions you'd like to contribute?

The Pastry Fan Club. Drop me a line poppy-please! Are you convinced to try them yet? Please take a moment to let me know you dropped by today. Yumm ... poppy seed rolls!!

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History: Poppy Seed Roll : Traditional Hungarian Pastry was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on June 8, 2008. On February 23, 2012 this lens earned the Purple Star Award for quality content. Highest lensrank ever achieved: #223 overall. Lens #368 in the quest for Giant Squid 400 Club.

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