Cooking Class: Croatian Poppy Seed Roll recipe

Learn to make this special Croatian Poppy Seed Roll recipe with our photographed instructions.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Special days like Easter call for special treats, so let makovnjaca, a sweet traditional Croatian bread, be the star. When sliced, its swirls of poppy seeds make a dramatic presentation. Serve for brunch or enjoy it with an afternoon cup of tea.

Ingredients
3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) active dry yeast
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
2-3/4 cups (675 mL) all-purpose flour (approx)
2 tsp (10 mL) grated lemon rind
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
2 eggs, beaten
Poppy Seed Filling:
1 cup (250 mL) poppy seeds
3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
3 tbsp (50 mL) liquid honey
2 tbsp (25 mL) currants or chopped raisins
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
1 tsp (5 mL) grated lemon rind
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
1 tbsp (15 mL) amber rum or water
Topping:
1 egg

Variation - Croatian Walnut Roll (Orehnjaca):
Filling: In food processor, blend 2-1/4 cups (550 mL) chopped walnuts; 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar; 1 tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey; 1 egg; 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted; 2 tbsp (25 mL) currants or raisins; and 1 tbsp (15 mL) amber rum or water.

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