Makowiec is a wonderful example of a festive enriched bread that is central to the Christmas celebrations in Poland. It is related to stollen and other similar enriched Christmas breads but the poppy seed filling gives it an entirely different, more complex flavour. If you find stollen too sweet and you're not a fan of dried fruits I urge you to give this recipe a go. My version is based on this one from the Polish language food blog Moje Wypieki. Although it contains raisins and mixed peel they are blended into the filling and treated more as a flavouring.
These quantities are enough to give you three decent sized poppy seed rolls but you can adjust to your requirements. I think if you're going to all this effort to make the makowiec in the first place you may as well go all out and make the full amount and either freeze the spares or give them away to friends and family as gifts. Why not share the love?
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