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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Step 1: Ingredients

450g poppy seeds
170g caster sugar
40g unsalted butter
1 egg
4 tbsp honey
50g mixed peel
grated zest of 1 lemon
30g walnuts
30g almonds
90g raisins
2 egg whites (keep the yolks to one side, they get used in the dough)

1 tbsp fast action yeast
750g plain flour
80g melted butter
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
120ml sour cream
130g icing sugar, sifted to remove any lumps
1 tbsp rum or vodka (I used krupnik a Polish, honey scented vodka liqueur)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
approx 100ml warm water

130g icing sugar
1 tbsp water, lemon juice or rum
<p>How long do you think the completed makowiec will keep? I'd like to make it in advance so there is less to do on 24th December.</p>
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<strong><em>They look fantastic... </em></strong>I have had this before and they taste so delicious.... I will be making them real soon.....................
Thank you! I'd love to hear how the recipe works out for you. Enjoy!

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