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best way to grind poppy seeds if you don't have a poppy seed grinder?

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I'm trying to make Hungarian poppy seed roll/nut rolls. I bought 4 pounds of poppy seed and all the recipes I'm finding say to "grind" the poppy seed into a paste. What is the best way to do this? Thanks!!

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  1. Spice or coffee (used just for spices) grinder..if not, you might try a blender using the puree speed or even a food processor, although you might have to add a bit of water to get it going.

    1. I've never heard of the seeds being ground into a paste and don't know if that's even possible. Typically they're ground and then boiled with milk and sugar, with vanilla and lemon zest added toward the end. That' a basic poppy seed filling used in Hungarian palacinta, kifli, and strudel as well.

      Suggest you use a blender or better yet a coffee mill. Mortar and pestle works fine as well.

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      1. re: DockPotato

        Well I finally tried a coffee grinder and to my surprise it worked well. However, my poppy seed rolls did not come out too well. I'll have to try another recipe.

        thank you for the responses!!!!

        1. re: hophead71

          Sorry to hear about it.

          Our failure is usually with the pastry - cracks.

          Filling is good but the bread is often sad.

          Same with you?

      2. Magic Bullet....small jar filled 2/3 full.