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Poppy seed tart

laurendlewis Jul 19, 2007 08:29 AM

A friend & I had this amazing poppy seed tart in Israel and are on a mission to recreate it.

It looked like chocolate but of course didn't taste like it. It seemed like it was poppy seeds ground very very finely into a paste (finer than the poppy seed filling in a can - but thicker than tahini). Perhaps there were prunes or dates in it?
The construction was pretty simple - tart pan, dough, filling.

Does anyone have any advice or thoughts?

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    katecm Jul 19, 2007 09:11 AM

    I have a recipe for one in one of my many cookbooks at home. If no one else jumps in, I'll try to remember to dig it up over the weekend.

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    1. re: katecm
      laurendlewis Jul 19, 2007 09:51 AM

      I would REALLY appreciate it - thanks!

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      julesrules Jul 19, 2007 09:51 AM

      One can buy poppy seed filling in a can? I did not know that! Will have to look. Baking aisle?

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      1. re: julesrules
        milklady Jul 19, 2007 09:52 AM

        Yes, baking aisle (or kosher foods, or pie fillings). The brand is Solo.

        1. re: julesrules
          Cheese Boy Jul 19, 2007 07:28 PM

          If you don't find it ... http://looneystuff.safeshopper.com/21/867.htm?426

          Ten poppy recipes here: http://www.solofoods.com/crecipe.html

          1. re: Cheese Boy
            laurendlewis Jul 20, 2007 05:28 AM

            Thanks Cheeseboy. Certainly some, uh, interesting recipes on that solofoods web site. (poppy cheesecake?)

            1. re: laurendlewis
              Cheese Boy Jul 20, 2007 12:51 PM

              LOL. I like cheese, so I won't say anything that would demean that recipe. I think you should * TRY * that one.
              It looks interesting...! Grated lemon peel, rum, and raisins, sounds potentially good.

              1. re: laurendlewis
                Amanita Jul 20, 2007 01:53 PM

                I have had poppyseed cheesecake at the little restaurant connected to the Eglise Polonaise in Paris and believe me, it is delicious! I've never had good luck cooking with poppyseed myself, though. They don't make canned here.

                1. re: Amanita
                  Cheese Boy Jul 20, 2007 02:20 PM

                  Anita, merci beaucoup. I hope someone tries the recipe after reading that. Hey, I might even give it a try!

                  1. re: Cheese Boy
                    Amanita Jul 20, 2007 03:08 PM

                    Try it, do! I have read so many instructions about how poppy seeds are to be cooked, sweetened, spiced, and crushed that they are all dancing around in my head. I've never watched anyone actually do it. You have to make sure they're fresh, because they go rancid.

                    1. re: Amanita
                      Cheese Boy Jul 20, 2007 09:05 PM

                      Anita, BTW, I like raspberry Hamantaschen (and I like Linzer tarts). I've always shied away from the poppy variety. I like poppy seeds, but don't know if I'd like them in a cookie. I have a jar of poppy seeds in my freezer that I use when I bake lemon muffins. I am prepared.

              2. re: Cheese Boy
                Amanita Jul 20, 2007 03:16 PM

                Oh, but of course since it's the Solo Foods website, they call for a can of Solo Foods poppyseed. They aren't giving away any secrets!
                The hamantaschen filling is an old poppyseed standby. Hamantaschen are little triangular filled cookies you eat on Purim.

                1. re: Amanita
                  laurendlewis Jul 20, 2007 04:07 PM

                  Hamantaschen can also be yeast-based in which case they are more like a sweet bread (not sweetbread!) than a cookie. Also filled with poppyseeds or any other sort of filling.

                  1. re: laurendlewis
                    Amanita Jul 21, 2007 04:52 AM

                    Though my friend Howard did have sweetbreads at his catered Bar Mitzvah in 1958! 100% kosher. Ah, those pre-Maggie Thatcher, pre-mad-cow dayz... I have never tasted "ris de veau"... and probably never will.

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              Louise Jul 19, 2007 11:29 AM

              There was a flourless poppyseed cake on traveller's lunchbox. Poppy seeds, eggs, sugar, some other stuff.

              It was delicious, but beware of eating too much of it at a time. It, um, produces slow traffic.

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              1. re: Louise
                laurendlewis Jul 19, 2007 12:53 PM

                Haha - thanks for the warning.
                Got the recipe possibly?

                1. re: laurendlewis
                  Louise Jul 22, 2007 04:17 PM

                  Flourless Poppy Seed Cake


                  1. re: Louise
                    laurendlewis Jul 23, 2007 08:33 AM

                    THanks! I'll definitely have to try it out... may put a crust underneath it.

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