Poppy Seed Holiday Cake

Recipe author: EAT SMARTER
Poppy Seed Holiday Cake
45 min.
2 h. 50 min.
Ready in


for 1 piece 10 x 30 cm, or approximately 4 x 12 inch, loaf pan
For the filling
500 milliliters
500 grams
150 grams
5 tablespoons
For the dough
400 grams
Pastry flour (plus additional flour for the work surface)
60 grams
½ packet
½ cube
fresh Yeast (21 g)
160 milliliters
lukewarm Milk
80 grams
softened Butter
2 tablespoons
2 teaspoons
organic Orange peel
For decorating
80 grams
2 teaspoons
50 grams
coarsely chopped Walnuts (for garnish)
dried Apricots (for garnish)
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Preparation steps

Step 1/7

For the filling: Bring the milk to a boil, stir in the ground poppy seeds, sugar and butter. Mix to form a thick, homogenous paste, then cool.

Step 2/7

For the dough: Mix the pastry flour into a bowl with the sugar and vanilla sugar then and make a well in the middle.

Step 3/7

Stir the yeast into the milk and pour into the well. Mix with some flour from the edge, cover, and let rise for 15 minutes in a warm place. Then add the butter, egg, rum and orange zest and knead to form a dough. Knead well for about 10 minutes until the dough is elastic and no longer sticks to the bowl. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

Step 4/7

Line the loaf pan with parchment paper. Knead the dough again on a floured work surface and then roll out into a rectangle about 30 x 60 cm (approximately 12 x 24 inches). Along the short side of the rectangle, spread a 10 cm (approximately 4 inches) wide strip of the poppy seed filling and then fold the remaining dough over to cover it. Repeat this procedure 4 times in order to fill and shape the dough. Place the shaped dough into a buttered loaf pan, cover, and let rise for another 20 minutes.

Step 5/7

Preheat the oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F).

Step 6/7

Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire rack and cool.

Step 7/7

For decorating: Mix the powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons lemon juice and brush the outside of the cake with it. Garnish with the walnuts and dried fruit and allow to dry overnight. To serve, slice into pieces.