Rolls with Poppy Seed Filling

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

I am making loads and loads of these delicious rolls for this year’s Christmas.

There are many poppy seed addicts in our family and I’ll try my best to satisfy them all.

 

These rolls are amazing and fun to make yeast-based pastries filled with a scrumptious poppy seed filling.

If you are still looking for a nice Holiday recipe then you should definitely give these a try.

They’ll make you happy.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

Here’s what we need to prepare them.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

Let’s start with the dried yeast.

Dried instant yeast is an awesome thing! Your baking will always be a success if using this kind of yeast.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

1. Mix the yeast, warm milk and sugar in a bowl.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

2. Place the flour, salt and butter into a large bowl.

 

3. Pour in the yeast mixture.

 

4. Using your hands or an electric mixer, combine the ingredients and then knead until you form a ball. You should knead until the dough ball is no longer sticky. It should be nicely smooth and elastic.

If you think that your dough is a little too dense to work with, add a little more milk. Start with one tablespoon of milk and if that’s not enough, add some more.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

This is the kind of dough that likes a lot of attention (read: kneading). I love kneading dough – it’s the most wonderful way of relax for me.

 

5. Place the dough into a bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

In the meantime, we can prepare the poppy seed filling.

Of course, you can replace this filling with the canned, store-bought one.

But why would you?

Okay, I may know why… it’s simpler. But still – making your own filling will be a lot more fun!

 

6. So, for the adventurous ones – grind the poppy seeds.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

7. Combine the sugar with hot water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

8. Then stir in the ground poppy seeds, lemon zest and vanilla extract.

And that’s it – your poppy seed filling is done and ready to be used.

 

9. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

10. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface.

 

11. Using a sharp knife, divide the dough into four (4) equal parts.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

12. Take one of the four parts…

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

13. And roll it out into a circle.

The circle should be about 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

14. Cut the circle into 8 equal triangles.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

15. Arrange 2 teaspoons of the filling crosswise at the wider end of the triangle.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

16. And roll it up, starting at the wider end.

 

17. Pinch the edges to seal.

 

18. Let the rolls rise for another 10-15 minutes.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

19. Then transfer them onto the lined baking sheet.

Work in batches here.

 

20. Beat the egg lightly. Brush each roll that you’ve transferred onto the sheet with the egg mixture.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

Just like this.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

21. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 16 minutes.

Then repeat the process with the rest of the rolls.

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

Yum!

 

sweet rolls with poppy seed filling recipe with step by step pictures

Double yum!

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

This is very, very good.

 

(This recipe makes 32 rolls and takes about 2 1/2 hours to prepare.)

Tea Cookies

These bite-sized cookies are perfect for having with tea.

(Psst, coffee is all right too.)

They taste wonderful and are very, very simple to make.

I like to prepare them when my sugar craving strikes out of the blue. Or when friends call unexpectedly saying they will come soon.

These cookies just save lives.

Here’s the list of ingredients.

1. To make your own Tea Cookies, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

 

2. Sift the flour and sugars into a larger bowl.
 

3. Add the softened butter, two egg yolks and lemon zest…
 

4. …and use pastry cutter or just a plain fork to turn the ingredients into a crumbly mixture.

 

5. Then use your hands to form a ball.

Like this one.

Though creating a face is not necessary.

But it helps.

Kidding!

But it really does.

Kidding again!

 

Now I’d like to tell you this: Please, be patient when you find yourself in the phase in-between the crumbs and the dough ball. It only takes patience and trust that those crumbs will eventually come together. Give it five minutes or so and you’ll see success!
 

6. Place the dough ball on a very, very lightly floured surface.

This dough is almost not sticky at all so you really need very little flour, if any.

And besides that, the more flour you’d be using the firmer the cookies would get. And we don’t need that.

 

7. Using the palms of your hands, roll the dough until you form a log which is about 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) wide in diameter.

 

8. Then cut the log into about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds.

9. Place the rounds onto the sheet and bake in the preheated oven (350 °F – 175 °C) for 10 minutes.

The cookies should still be very pale in color when baked.

10. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Enjoy, dear friends.

(This recipe makes about 30 cookies and will take you about 40 minutes to make.)