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All I know is that there are Poppy seeds in it its roll like fashion help!

Ljubitca Jan 9, 2007 12:32 AM

Ok I am looking for this poppy seed pastry that I just cant find anymore. Its kind of like kuchen, or a giant roll cake thingy with sugary poppy seeds inside - rolled flakey - yummy.

What is this called and where do I find it in Brooklyn or Manhattan I used to be able to find this long ago but cant anymore.

I've been craving it...

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    shayne Jan 9, 2007 04:59 PM

    Do you mean Humentashen? Shaped like a 3 cornered hat with poppy seed filling called mundt. Usually available around Purim.

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      FUSFEY Jan 9, 2007 05:03 PM

      I think you are reffering to a strudel, which can be purchased at Andres Bakery on the upper east side.

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      1. re: FUSFEY
        bobjbkln Jan 9, 2007 05:15 PM

        I agree. Poppy strudel is what it's called (even though it does not have the flaky dough. A few years ago (and probably still) Eagle Provisions sold in both fresh from a bakery (by the pound) and in pre-packaged varieties.

      2. Up With Olives Jan 9, 2007 05:08 PM

        There is a bread/cake that sounds like this in the Polish bakeries in Greenpoint. I don't know what it is called.

        1. Ljubitca Jan 9, 2007 11:22 PM

          Thanks guys I will look into these places - I may even call ahead but I dont want to annoy anybody with descrptions.

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            deancicle Jan 9, 2007 11:27 PM

            Hi- what is found in the Polish bakeries is called a babka. It is rolled with poppy seeds inside, although not flaky ( but still delicious).

            Take a walk down Manhattan Ave and you can find them in most stores.

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            1. re: deancicle
              Quine Jan 9, 2007 11:37 PM

              Well, not really a babka....made with that sort of dough tho'. Ask for (go figure) Poppy Seed roll. Ask for babka and you will get a loaf of bread only....

              This is a middle European style item, so I have seem them in Russian and Czech stores as well. GrandMom made them best tho'

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              max Jan 10, 2007 01:20 AM

              I have definitely seen it sold in a package in the bread aisle at the Red Hook Fairway.

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                starfish Jan 10, 2007 11:24 AM

                I bought some fabulous poppy seed strudels in Brighton Beach. Just walk along Brighton Beach Avenue amidst all the Russian shops -- they sell them everywhere. We bought them from a lady selling them through an open window in her shop. $1 for a memorable pastry.

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                  ceeceee Jan 10, 2007 09:44 PM

                  oh...yes. there's a hungarian (i believe) bakery on qb in rego park that has loads of struedels. does anyone know the name?

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                    RedVelvet Jan 11, 2007 12:15 AM

                    I think it's Andre's Hungarian Bakery or something like that

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                    Brooklyn Hound Jan 11, 2007 10:36 PM

                    I often crave it as well. People are right that you may be able to find it at Eagle or the Polish bakery/supermarket next door; it's also definitely available at Red Hook. I have an excellent recipe, if you want it. Let me know.

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                      Cookie66 Jul 9, 2008 07:22 AM

                      I was looking at old posts about poppy seed rolls and Brooklyn Hound mentioned that they had an excellent recipe for it and to let them know. I am. This was back on Jan 11, 07. Are they still around, or does anyone else have a good recipe for it? Thanks in advance.

                    2. Ljubitca Jan 12, 2007 12:34 AM

                      Yes please send it all our ways I saw one on Cooks - and no havent tried it - when you say available at red hook do you mean in red hook (bakeries) or anywhere in redhook or perhaps there is a place named red hook. phew!

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                        czestochowa Apr 9, 2007 07:12 PM

                        It is called Makowiec and is a holiday dish which explains why you don't see it all the time. Here is a recipe: Makes 2 large rolls

                        Filling
                        1 lb. poppy seeds
                        3/4 cup sugar
                        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                        2 tablespoons butter
                        1 egg
                        1/4 cup honey
                        1/4 cup candied orange peel
                        1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
                        1/4 cup chopped walnuts
                        1/4 cup chopped almods
                        1/2 cup golden raisins
                        2 egg whites

                        Dough:
                        1 tablespoon instant yeast
                        1/4 cup warm water
                        5 cups all-purpose flour
                        3/4 cup butter
                        2 eggs
                        2 egg yolks
                        1/2 cup sour cream
                        1 cup powdered sugar
                        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                        1/2 teaspoon salt
                        2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

                        Glaze:
                        1 cup powdered sugar
                        1 tablespoon lemon juice

                        To prepare the filling: Put poppy seeds in a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cool. Strain the poppy seeds through a fine strainer.

                        Combine the poppy seeds, walnuts, and almonds in a blender or food processor and grind.

                        Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the poppy seed mixture and sugar to the skiller and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the egg, honey, orange peel, lemon peel, and raisins. Whip the egg whites until stiff and then folk into the poppy seed mixture. Let cool.

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                          daniellaczar Apr 10, 2007 06:56 AM

                          yes, the polish version is makowiec, not babka. for those of you who don't read polish, it's pronounced- mah-kov-nik- (or at least that's how my family pronounces it... czestochowa, correct me if i'm wrong:))
                          i've never had a problem finding it year round, but i do my polish shopping in copiague, long island. but if they have it there, i'm sure you can find it in greenpoint. i'd try syrena bakery on 207 Norman Ave. the couple times i've been there, they seem to have a decent selection.
                          also, i think i've seen it in the window of the bakery/deli next to teresa's restaurant on 1st and 7th, across from the mcdonalds.
                          czestochowa, can you post the instructions for the prep of the dough for your recipe? sounds good. i'm missing my babcia's.
                          i'm attaching a photo so you'll know the kind of poppy seed cake we're talking about.

                           
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                            Ljubitca Apr 10, 2007 01:41 PM

                            That is exactly it - love the picture and yes if there are any more details on the dough here please do post.

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                              jeangrand Apr 14, 2007 05:00 AM

                              The Hungarian version, which I am familliar with, is called Beigli. There is also a version with nuts. I have seen at at Gourmet Fantasy Foods in Jackson Heights and at places like Fairway and other upscale supermarkets, although they don't compare to the home-made kind my relatives make.
                              Here is a link to a recipe with some photos. (I can't vouch for the recipe, though). Let us know if you find a good one.
                              http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Beigli-%2...

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