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Poppy Seed Squares

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2010

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes Chill: 30 minutes
  • Total time 38 minutes
  • Portion size 40 squares


  • 2 cups 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1 cup 1cupcold unsalted butter, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupsour cream
  • 3 3egg yolkegg yolks


  • 1 cup 1cuppoppy seeds, ground
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupmilk
  • 2 2eggeggs
  • 1 cup 1cupground almonds
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupcandied citron
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
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In food processor, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter; pulse about 6 times or until in coarse crumbs.

Stir sour cream with 2 of the egg yolks; pulse into mixture just until dough comes together. Turn out dough and press together; wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Filling: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring poppy seeds, brown sugar and milk to boil. Remove from heat and add eggs. Return to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Add almonds, citron peel, butter and vanilla; let cool.

Between parchment paper, roll out two-thirds of the dough into 15- x 11-inch (38 x 28 cm) rectangle. Transfer dough and bottom sheet of paper to 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Spread cooled filling over top. Crimp dough around filling to create decorative edge.

Roll out remaining dough into 11- x 9-inch (28 x 23 cm) rectangle. With 1-inch (2.5 cm) star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 40 stars. Arrange over filling. Mix remaining egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush over stars.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until stars are slightly puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool. Cut between stars into squares to serve.

Nutritional Information Per square: about

cal 115 pro 2g total fat 8g sat. fat 3g
carb 10g fibre 1g chol 31mg sodium 43mg
potassium 74mg

% RDI:

calcium 7 iron 6 vit A 5 folate 7
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