Choose one of these tempting recipes for poppy seed rolls and enjoy this popular ingredient with mouthfuls.
We have prepared a diverse selection for you, which includes both fluffy yeast dough and a simple and quick recipe with puff pastry. But they all have one thing in common, the best poppy seed filling you’ll ever taste!
Bake them for a festive St. Martin’s version, a festive Christmas version or go back to your childhood with a peeler recipe!
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Bratislava rolls filled with poppy seeds
Also known as St. Martin’s rolls with poppy seeds, they are a good old Czech classic that could never disappoint anyone! Fluffy dough full of soft and creamy filling, is the number one choice for every spring and festive snack!
What will we need
- 150 g cream cheese (soft)
- 250 g butter (softened)
- 60 g granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons of lemon zest
- A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 450 g plain flour
- 400 g ground poppy seeds
- 200 ml of water
- A spoonful of milk
- 2 spoons of powdered sugar
- First we prepare the filling
- Finely grind the poppy seeds for the poppy seeds
- Pour powdered sugar into the water and heat until the sugar dissolves
- Add poppy seeds and stir until thickened
- Remove from the heat, add 2 teaspoons of lemon zest and let the poppy filling cool completely
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and 60 g of granulated sugar with the help of a mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy
- Whisk in 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, vanilla and salt
- Add the flour and beat again on low speed until combined
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface
- We will divide it into four equal parts
- We form a ball from each part
- Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 1 hour, until it is easy to work with
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball of dough into a circle
- Spoon about ¼ of the filling onto the dough and spread it over the entire surface, leaving about 1 centimeter from the edge
- Cut the dough into 12 triangles and start rolling from the wide part towards the center
- Spread the rolls with poppy seeds on a baking sheet lined with baking paper
- Repeat with the remaining dough and filling
- Then cover them and refrigerate for about 45 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
- Beat the eggs and milk together and lightly brush the rolls
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the rolls are light golden brown
- After removing, place them on a wire rack and cool
- If desired, sprinkle the cooled rolls with icing sugar
Just as good as these poppy seed roll recipes are these poppy seed strudels , which you must not miss. It goes perfectly with coffee, but also as a festive treat, for example at Easter!
Christmas poppy seed rolls
In my opinion, soft and fluffy cookies made of poppy seeds and vanilla should not be missing from any Christmas table. The fragile dough literally falls apart on the tongue, and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere with full bites.
What will we need
- 330 g butter (softened)
- 140 g of powdered sugar
- Peel of 1 orange
- 400 g plain flour
- 140 grams of ground poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
For the frosting
- Icing sugar
- Semi-sweet chocolate (melted)
- Add softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt to the bowl
- We beat everything together into a light and fluffy mass
- Add the egg and orange peel and mix until everything is incorporated
- Add the flour and mix until incorporated
- Add the poppy seeds and mix until everything comes together in a uniform dough
- Shape the dough into a ball, then wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
- Take the dough out of the fridge and place it on the work surface and let it rest for a while to come to room temperature
- This should take about an hour
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Break the chocolate into a bowl over a pot of boiling water and let it melt
- We then tear off pieces from the dough and roll them into a roll shape, which we then bend like a roll
- Place the shaped rolls on a baking sheet lined with baking paper
- Place the trays in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
- Remove the poppy seed rolls from the oven and place the trays on a wire rack to cool
- Then dip the cooled cookies in melted chocolate and return to the baking sheet
- Let the chocolate harden completely or let it cool and harden and finally dust the rolls with icing sugar
For more inspiration for delicious poppy seed Christmas cookies, check out these poppy seed cookie recipes . Try poppy seed balls or unbaked poppy seed balls and enjoy them all!
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Poppy and puff pastry rolls
Puff pastry is very popular in the Czech Republic and I think we are not the only ones. It is easy to use; you almost can’t go wrong with it. Today I will show you how to make a Czech specialty, rooster combs, stuffed with a rich poppy seed filling.
What will we need
- 200 g of ground poppy seeds
- 240 ml of milk
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 82 g of jam
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
For the dough
- 500 g of chilled puff pastry
- Flour (for dusting the worktop)
- Icing sugar (for dusting the baked poppy seed roll)
- Mix ground poppy seeds and milk in a saucepan
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat
- Stir the mixture occasionally so that the milk does not burn
- Add sugar, jam and lemon zest
- Reduce the heat and cook until the poppy seeds soften
- This will take about 10 minutes, but don’t forget to stir
- When finished, transfer the poppy seed filling to a bowl, set aside and let it cool completely
- Before we start baking, preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line the trays with baking paper
- Cut the puff pastry into 2 equal pieces and roll each of them into a rectangle
- Divide each rectangle into 6 small rectangles of similar size
- Place the cooled poppy filling on ½ the rectangle
- Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and use a fork to press the edges together and brush the whole roll with beaten egg
- Carefully transfer the poppy seed rolls to a baking sheet
- Bake the dough for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown
- Dust them with powdered sugar before serving
I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know these sweet yeast dough rolls with poppy seeds on their surface. I have this delicacy associated with my childhood, when I ate it almost every morning for breakfast with jam, butter and honey or Nuttella.
What will we need
- 800 g plain flour
- 40 g of fresh yeast
- 360 ml milk (lukewarm)
- 140 g of granulated sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 150 g butter (melted)
- Pinch of salt
- Poppy seeds (for sprinkling)
- Sliced almonds (for sprinkling)
- Beaten egg (for spreading)
- First we prepare the yeast
- Mix 100 ml of lukewarm milk in a bowl, crumble all the yeast and cover everything with 4 spoons of flour and a spoon of sugar
- Mix everything together thoroughly and let it rest for 10 minutes in a warm place to let the yeast rise
- Pour the flour, sugar, the remaining milk, both egg yolks, melted butter, a pinch of salt and the risen yeast into a large bowl.
- We will start working everything together, either by hand or with the help of a food processor with a kneading attachment
- We must have a dough that does not stick
- We divide the dough into 4 parts, from which we roll out buns
- Cover each of them with a towel and leave to rise for 45 minutes
- Roll out the risen dough into a circle and cut it into 6 triangles
- Roll each triangle like rolls and place it on a baking sheet lined with baking paper
- Let the rolls rest and rise for another 30 minutes
- Brush the risen rolls with beaten egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds or almonds
- We put them in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until they are golden
Health benefits and risks of poppy seeds
Poppy has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. It comes from the eastern Mediterranean.
Poppy is used worldwide in baked goods and traditional dishes.
Both poppy seeds and oil offer a variety of health benefits, from treating headaches and coughs to treating asthma and insomnia.
High content of important minerals
Like most seeds, poppy seeds are rich in fiber, vegetable fats and various other nutrients.
Poppy is particularly rich in manganese, which is important for bone health and blood clotting.
The seeds can be cold-pressed to obtain poppy seed oil, which is particularly rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fats.
Contains pain-relieving compounds
The poppy plant contains morphine, codeine and other opium alkaloids known for their sedative, sedating and sleep-inducing properties. These compounds are often found in medications designed for these purposes.
Before the poppy reaches the supermarket shelves, it is usually cleaned to get rid of any opiates it may have come into contact with.
Improves heart and skin health
Poppy seed oil is especially rich in fats that can be good for your heart and skin.
Research suggests that a diet rich in unsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 17%.
Other research suggests that the fats in poppy seed oil may also promote wound healing as well as prevent scaly skin when applied directly to the skin.
Poppy is often said to offer a variety of other benefits, including supporting digestion, boosting skin and hair health, and treating headaches, coughs, and asthma.
May aid digestion. Poppy is rich in fiber, which can improve gut health and reduce constipation, so it can effectively support proper digestion.
Substances contained in poppy seeds can protect your cells from damage and various diseases.
Some research suggests that women who have their fallopian tubes flushed with poppy seed oil products may experience improved fertility.
Poppy is generally considered safe when purchased from trusted retailers and consumed in small amounts, such as in muffins or rolls.
Poppy contains opium known for its sleep-inducing properties. As a result, some people claim that poppy seed tea or warm poppy seed milk serves as a natural remedy for insomnia.
Since most commercially available poppy seeds are cleaned before being sold, any products purchased at your local supermarket are unlikely to have any anti-insomnia effects.
Although it is possible to buy unwashed poppy with a higher opioid content, its use is considered risky. Teas and infusions made from them can contain lethal doses of morphine, and several accidental deaths have been associated with their use.
Unwashed poppy seeds can also cause addiction, which is similar to other chemical addictions. Therefore, their use to treat insomnia is strongly discouraged unless you are under medical supervision.