Just in time for Christmas, here is the how-to video for my Polish Poppy Seed roll. It’s a delicious sweet bread that you can’t buy anywhere and it’s really not that hard to make. To someone like myself who grew up in a Polish household, the aroma of this poppy seed filling made with toasted nuts and citrus peel is downright intoxicating! Forget the wine – pass me another slice of Makowiec!
It’s a popular holiday bread in much of Eastern Europe, called bulochki s makom in Russia, makový závin in Chekoslovakia, ruladă cu mac in Romania, mohnkuchen in Austria, aguonų vyniotinis in Lithuania, makovnjača in Bosnia, and of course makowiec in Poland. Oh, and they call it ʋiːˀnɔˌbʁœːˀð in Latvia… who knew? Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones