Poppy seed bundles

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Breads, buns & biscuits

These poppy seed bundles are made from a light and soft dough containing a considerable amount of cottage cheese and lard. The filling is a special mixture of ground poppy seeds, mashed potatoes and sugar syrup. The filling must be cool (preferably ice-cold) in order to prevent the dough from melting.

(Source of the recipe: Szoky’s kitchen)

Poppy seed bundles
Poppy seed bundles – photo: zserbo.com


The recipe yields 16 poppy seed bundles.

For the dough:

  • 200 g (~7 oz) cottage cheese
  • 200 g (~7 oz) flour
  • 15 g (~4 tsp) baking powder
  • 10 g (~2 1/2 tsp) vanilla sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 150 g (~5 1/4 oz) lard

For the filling:

  • 120 g (~4 1/4 oz) boiled potatoes, passed through a ricer
  • 250 ml (~1 cup) water
  • 150 g (~5 1/4 oz) sugar
  • 150 g (~5 1/4 oz) ground poppy seeds
  • 50 g (~1 3/4 oz) raisins
  • zest of a half orange
  • 20 ml (~1 1/3tbsp) rum

For the topping:

  • 1 egg
  • powdered vanilla sugar

First, prepare the filling. Place sugar and water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and cook to make a syrup. After 3 minutes add raisins and keep on cooking for further 3-4 minutes. Once the syrup is done, stir in ground poppy seeds, mashed potatoes, orange zest and rum, and cook for 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens a bit. Set aside and let it cool, then put it in the fridge until use. (Side note: the sugar syrup is done if you hold your hand over the saucepan and the steam makes your palm sticky.)

For the dough pass the cottage cheese through a fine sieve. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and salt, then rub in lard. Finally, add cottage cheese and knead into a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or until the filling becomes ice-cold.

Pass the cottage cheese through a sieve

Dough – photos: zserbo.com

Preheat the oven to 190°C / 374°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a floured surface roll out the dough into a thin (2-3 mm / 1/8 inch) rectangle, and cut into 16 (4×4) pieces. Put some cold filling in the middle of each piece of dough, fold in half, and seal the longer side of the bundles with a fork.

Place the bundles on the baking sheet, prick them with a fork, then brush them with beaten egg. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Feel free to dust the poppy seed bundles with powdered vanilla sugar.

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