Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

Happy Holidays my dears!!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 days away?! I am so unprepared this year. I am normally SO good about making lists and being overly prepared, but my needed break from things has made me a tad late with planning.

Plus this year just seems odd to me. Doesn’t it to you? I just don’t feel like it should be Christmas yet.

Perhaps it was because of the placement of Thanksgiving this year. Or perhaps I have just lost my marbles.

I am proud to say that I am participating in Abeer’s Christmas Extravaganza this year! If you have never been over to Abeer’s website, well that is just a shame! Some of the most amazing creations are over there at Cake Whiz.


1. Chocolate cranberry skillet cake from Sandra at Sandra’s Easy Cooking

2. Pistachio and cardamom semifreddo with rose cream from Manu at Manu’s Menu

3. Annabelle’s ginger crisps from Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake

4. Chocolate cookies with candied fruit slices from Kate at Diethood

5. Honey pistachio sesame cookies (Barazek) from Sawsan at Chef in Disguise

6. Poppy seed roll (Makowiec) from Raven at Ravienomnoms

7. Stollen from Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking

8. Cocoa mint shortbread from Tiffany at Comowater

9. Rose syrup chocolate bark from Cake Whiz

Not only are they creative, but they look SO darn tasty! Now to me, when you can have both tasty AND gorgeous it is a win-win.

I was so very happy to be invited to a part of the Extravaganza because the holidays are something that are very important to me. They have always been such a large part of my life.Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

My Mom always made it a point to make the holidays so very special for her kids and I really think that captured me. Something changes inside me when the holidays come around, once Thanksgiving clicks around…I am in full Christmas mode and I am ready for snow, baking, friends, family and of course presents 😉

The recipe that I wanted to share for this special Extravaganza is a traditional roll that many Eastern cultures seem to enjoy. Since my Mom’s side is predominately Polish, we always seem to make Polish dishes. Some of my favorite memories are when my Mom and I made traditional Polish dishes.

This will be no different. It is called Makowiec in Poland, it is also enjoyed in the Czech Republic which I have a lot of in my blood as well (Makový Závin). There are many different ways to make this traditional bread and many cultures vary whenever they make it.

I am only showing you how my Mom remembers it from when she was younger and now has passed along to me. I hope you enjoy my Christmas Traditiona and get on over to Cake Whiz to see what else is in store for this Extravaganza!

Adapted from Taste of Home’s Recipe.

Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

Poppy Seed Roll Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110º to 115º)
  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeats
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 can (12 oz) poppy seed filling
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3-5 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, heat milk, cubed butter, sugar and salt. Let this sit aside and cool lukewarm. Add 2 beaten eggs and vanilla extract.

Dissolve your yeast in warm water. Do not just add it into your recipe, make sure and add it into the water prior to adding into the rest of the ingredients. This will ensure that you do not kill the yeast.

In a large bowl, combine milk mixture, yeast mixture and enough flour to form a soft dough (about 5 1/2 cups). Turn dough onto a floured surface and kneed until smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes).

Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled. This could take and hour+, depending on the temperature of your room.

Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

Punch down dough and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 12″ x 18″ rectangle. Spread with poppy seed filling and 1/4 cup melted butter. Starting with the long side, roll up dough and pinch edges to seal (act like you are a rolling a cinnamon roll).

Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)Place on a large greased baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled. This could take about 30 minutes, but just keep your eye on the size of the dough.

Preheat oven to 350º.

Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water, brush over the top.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. As the bread is cooling make your icing. This is super simple, place all your confectioner’s sugar into a bowl with the water and a tad bit of vanilla. Make sure you reach a sticky consistency. You do not want it to be too runny or it will just run off the bread.

Glaze bread with sugar icing and let the icing harden before slicing.

Traditional poppy seed bread has walnuts, but since my dear Patrick does not enjoy nuts we left those out. Please feel free to add them in if you so choose. This recipe would call for about 1 1/3 cups if you were to spread on the inside of dough and sprinkle on top.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and I hope all of you have a LOVELY holiday if this is the last time we talk before the Christmas break.

I wish you all nothing but the happiest of holidays!

Poppy Seed Roll (Makowiec)

Merry Christmas!!

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  1. What a gorgeous holiday bread!!! I love that your mom taught you how to make this…and that a family tradition continues. Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!!! xo

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      You too Liz! I am very happy that I am lucky to have a Mom that does this kind of thing for me!

  2. i think the only time ever use poppy seeds is when i make a lemon pound cake but this is surely another great way to use them. the swirls in your roll were so pretty and i am so glad you brought them to my little extravaganza. i am sure my readers would love this… i know i do 😉

  3. This looks fantastic, reminds me of a hundred layer cake we make in Lithuania with poppy seeds for grand occasions! 🙂

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Oh how wonderful that it reminds you of something you have had too! I hope you had a lovely holiday!

  4. This looks delicious and beautiful! And that much better that it is a family classic! Have a very Merry Christmas and so nice participating in this round up with you! 😀

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thanks Tiffany! I really love family favorites they are by far one of the things I cherish most!

  5. Beautiful! That glaze looks perfect 🙂

  6. I love a good yeast recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing this because I was looking through my binder of recipes and wasn’t quite satisfied with any of the recipes in all of my books, binders and notes. This recipe is going to be a great inspiration for me and my family this Christmas. Thank you so much my dear! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  7. Oh, I love poppy seed cakes! My father was German and my mother is Polish/Russian so I grew up with a lot of European foods and this cake was always around. You’ve made me very nostalgic. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. I love poppy seed rolls, they are my favorite. It’s a tradition in our family to bake poppy seed rolls and walnut rolls on every Christmas. Have a blessed New Year.

  9. Just saying HAPPY New Year! 😀

  10. I so wish I had some of this right now! Thank you for sharing. What a great way to start my Monday. I’m already hungry…and I just finished breakfast. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  11. Hope you had a great Christmas! Love the idea of this roll, I have never had one before, but it sounds delicious!

  12. Yum! Looks delicious!

  13. I love how gorgeous these spiral breads are! I’ve never tried one myself… they look so intimidating! Can you just send me a slice? 🙂


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