Being a woman over 50, I find myself starting to reminisce about food from my childhood. It was bound to happen, right? Nut rolls and Poppy Seed rolls, along with Kolachi’s filled with apricot, cherry, or plum jam, were a part of the Holiday season for me growing up. My Mom and Dad used to make them just about every year, and it was a BIG project. I can remember that my 3 brother’s and I stayed clear of the kitchen when this was going on, because it was just so intense! They had to be made just right; the dough had to be rolled out thin (which was not easy), and there was no scrimping on the filling. Sticking with the basic recipe was important: no raisins in the poppy seed filling! Once my Mom put coconut in the nut filling, and well, let me just say that Christmas was not very special that year.
I spent months trying to get the perfect recipe; from my old boyfriend’s Mom, to hours online researching all the many and complicated recipes that are out there, watching YouTube videos of these rolls being made, studying old cookbooks on my shelves, until finally, my Mom came through and gave me a recipe that she used which was given to her by her best friend’s cousin’s Mom, who made my Mom swear not to give it to anyone until she died. This is the recipe I want to share.
I hesitated for many months. I thought they would be so time-consuming and difficult. Being the baker that I am though, I decided it was high time to try. And besides, my Dad really wanted me to make them, and even bought me a grinder online that cost a lot of money. It didn’t work at all, so please don’t order it! They emailed the company, Otto’s Import Store and Deli, asking for a refund and are still waiting to hear back from them, so don’t use them! I ended up grinding the poppy seeds with a small amount of the sugar in my inexpensive Black and Decker blender and guess what? It turned out fine. Continue reading My Secret Poppy Seed Roll Recipe