Poppy Days.

Yesterday I had my last exam for a month. And I was really satisfied. I finished two hard weeks and started my holidays. (Which contain studying and writing term papers, but anyway.)  To celebrate that, I needed to bake. I was in the mood for something I never did before. Something poppy. Poppy Seed Strudel.

It’s great. I’s luscious and yummy. It’s yeast dough. I love yeast dough.

And this is the recipe. I found it here, but I had to change it a bit, because I didn’t have everything at home and I really, really wanted to make this strudel first thing in the morning.

So, when I woke up today, I made my dough.

The dough contains:

3 cups + 1/4 cup flour

about 1 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup + 1/2 tablespoon sugar

about 1/3 cup melted butter

1 tablespoon dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon salt

Do what you always do when making yeast dough. I mix the yeast with sugar and salt, add the flour, then milk, egg and butter. Combine those ingredients and knead your dough thoroughly until it’s smooth. Then, put it in a bowl and cover it. Let it rise for 1 or 2 hours, punch it down twice in between.

Dad helped me having an eye on my dough ball and punched it down, because while my dough rised, I went to the gym. (Yes, I do that. I love to do that.) So, I didn’t have to wait patiently until it had rised enough.

When I got home, I prepared the filling. This is what you need:

1 cup + 1/2 cup ground poppy seeds

1 cup milk

1/3 cup chocolate custard powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a splash of amaretto or other liqueur or rum

Stir all those ingredients in a pot and let it boil up for a minute. Put it away from the heat.

While the filling cools, you can roll out your dough. But before, turn on your oven and preheat it to 160° C or 320° F with circulating heat.

It’s a lovely dough, perfect to roll out. Use a bit of flour that it doesn’t stick and try to roll out a rectangle.
Then, distribute your yummy black filling on it. (It was really hard for me to not eat it before, it’s so sweet and tasty!) Spread it evenly.

After that, I think you know what to do. Roll your strudel.
If you have quite big holes afterwards, take some dough from the ends and try to fill them a bit. Stick those pieces on with 1 whipped egg with which you brush your whole strudel.

Put it in the oven and leave it there for about 20-25 minutes until it’s golden brown.

If your strudel couldn’t cope with all that yummy filling goodness, like mine did, don’t worry – This looks even better to me.

Let it cool, cut it in slices and enjoy!

I love it with coffee. It’s creamy and yummy and great. Perfect to begin the holidays with.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ronnie Lavi
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 16:04:45

    Hi! I just love your blog!
    Keep it up!


  2. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 17:32:03

    This looks divine. I’m not much of a baker so I tend to shy away from things that require me to add yeast. But this looks doable. Thanks for posting!


  3. Weltenbummler
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:53:24

    I love poppy seed! Well, actually I’m obsessed with it! I’m gonna try that for sure! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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