Poppy Seed Roll - Makowiec - Christmas Menu Recipe #61

Makowiec I would call Polish holiday sweet bread. It is a classic Polish cake that is commonly served around Christmas time. And it is delicious. I hope you enjoy!


  • 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.