This is one of the most famous desserts in Serbia , and a very common one. Though it was not originally invented here, it stuck around. The recipe originated in Poland with the name Makowiec and consists of a roll of sweet yeast bread and a rich poppy seed filling. A popular alternative to poppy seeds are walnuts or chestnuts. This is a very quick recipe, and yields quite a lot of servings which is wonderful for a holiday or birthday party. It’s sweet, hearty, has a wonderful texture and reminds you of Christmas.
For the pastry:
- 900g flour
- 0.5 l milk
- 0.3 l oil (any oil will do, but a neutral tasting one is preferable)
- a package of dry instant yeast
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- one egg yolk
For the filling:
- 250g poppy seeds
- 200g sugar
- 0.2 l milk
- For the filling: heat the milk to very hot, almost boiling. Pour the milk over the poppy seed and sugar mixture and leave to cool
- Mix all the ingredients for the pastry (except the egg yolk) in a bowl, mix them well and knead until combined.
- Divide the dough into 4 pieces, as equally as possible, and roll them into rectangles.
- Spread a quarter of the filling on each piece of the dough and roll them tightly
- Lay the rolls on a baking tray and spread some of the egg yolk on top of each of them with a pastry brush
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, and then lower it to 180 degrees when you put in the baking tray (the higher temperature will “shock” the rolls and make a crispy crust). Bake for approximately 40 minutes
- Wait for at least 20 minutes before slicing, because it tends to fall apart when hot