Poppy Seed Roll – Makowiec – Christmas Menu Recipe #61


  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 4 cups flour 600 grams ( may need a bit more)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Poppy seed filling around  800 grams
  • 1/2 cup of Icing sugar
  • 1 tbs of Lemon juice
  • 1 egg for an egg wash
  • Some Sliced almonds


  1. Dissolve the yeast in the milk. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Separate your eggs, Set two egg whites aside for the poppy filling.
  3. After around 5 minutes, add to your mixer bowl milk/yeast mixture, your eggs (1 full and 2 egg yolks) and then add remaining ingredients. Mix well with a dough hook to obtain a smooth dough.
  4. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  5. Beat your two egg whites to stiff picks and mix with your poppy seed filling.
  6. Grease 2 loaf pans and line with a parchment paper.
  7.  Divide dough into 2 parts. Work with one section at time. Roll the dough wide as your loaf pan is.  
  8. Spread your poppy seed filling over the dough.  Fold the sides and roll. Place it in your loaf pan seal side down.
  9. Cover an let it rise for about 30 minutes or until in fills the loaf pan nicely.
  10. Brush with beaten egg.
  11. Bake in preheated oven to 180 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes.
  12. Let it cool down completely.
  13. Mix icing sugar with lemon juice and hot water until spreading consistency and decorate your rolls. Sprinkle with almonds.


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12 thoughts on “Poppy Seed Roll – Makowiec – Christmas Menu Recipe #61”

  • Aniu,

    This recipe looks outstanding! I just watched the Youtube video though and am a bit confused. You mention in your video to use two egg yolks plus one whole egg. The written recipe here though calls for 3 egg yolks plus one whole egg. Which is the correct one? The video or this written recipe? I was ABOUT to make this recipe, and now I am afraid to mess it up…Thanks for your input!

  • Ania, thanks for the recipe, but I can’t see how the two egg whites that we set aside for the poppy filling are being used.. sorry if i’ve just missed that!

  • Well, I’ve missed the thing about the egg whites (my fault) and I’ ve ommitted them in my filling, but the rolls came out very delicious! I added some sugar (for me the filling was not sweet enough) and 1 green apple (grated) to my filling, as well as some spices, lemon zest and a bit of almond liquor. The rolls tend to burn easily – mine were brown after 10 min in the oven, so keep an eye on them! going to make them again, next time including thу egg whites 🙂 THANK YOU, ANYA!

    • Great, I was just about to reply to your question! It came out ok because you added all the other stuff if you stayed with the recipe and skipped the egg whites the stuffing would be a bit hard.
      I am happy you liked how it came out!

      Happy baking,

  • Hi Ania,
    Did you make the poppy seed filling from scratch or did you purchase it already made?
    I can’t find the filling at the supermarket.
    Do you have the recipe to make the filling?
    Thank you

  • love this recipe. I made it 2 years ago and it tastes just like the makowiec I had in Poland. Im making it again tonight to share with my coworkers after they mentioned they’ve never tried it. I use no substitutions other than i buy the poppy seed filling from starsky’s.

  • I just came across your recipes , and am so glad I did. I made this today and it is over the top delicious for me. It took the loaves 1-1/2 hours to raise so I was a little worried, but I need not have been. This is utterly fabulous, and I can’t wait to try your other bread recipes. Thanks so much .

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