Poppy seed roll

Poppyseed rolls


I think poppy seed roll to Russians/Ukrainians is like cinnamon rolls to Americans.They are classic European sweet dough rolls with homemade poppy seed walnut filling.

Nothing beats homemade fresh goodies like pastries,rolls, and buns.The smell of baking fills the house making kids to wait impatiently for them to be done. Seriously….They are the best tasting rolls and especially good with cold glass of milk.

If for any reason you don’t like poppy seeds,you can make them with other variety of fillings like walnut+sugar,fruit preserve,raisins+sugar,cranberries or melted butter+sugar.

Ingredients for filling:

1 1/2 cups poppy seeds

1 cup water/milk

1 – 1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup walnuts


2 cups warm milk  (not hot)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)

4 large or 5 medium eggs

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon yeast

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 1/2 – 7  cups flour  [amazon asin= highly recommended or all purpose flour*

1 egg for egg wash


*Most European/Russian stores and Winco Foods carry it.

Direction using bread maker:

1.Add sugar to milk.Stir until sugar disolves.Stir in yeast and set aside.

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2.In another mixing bowl whisk eggs,sour cream,oil,salt,vanilla.

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3.Melt butter,let it cool.

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4.Whisk in milk mixture to egg mixture.

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5.Whisk in butter.Add flour,mix and transfer dough mixture to bread maker.

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6.Set your setting on “dough”.

With stand mixer:

1.Follow steps 1-4

2.Whisk  in butter.Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl.

3.Add flour.

4.Mix dough with hook attachment.Starting on med-low speed and increasing speed gradually to highest.

5.Cover bowl with plastic wrap.Place the bowl in the warmest place in your house covered with blanket or towel.

I like to place it in the microwave(don’t turn it on!).

6.Let dough rise,about 2 +/- hours.


Place poppy seeds in a small saucepan and cover with water.Bring to boil then reduce heat to low  and cook for 10 minutes.When cooled,grind poppy seeds with walnuts using meat grinder.If you don’t have one you can use coffee grinder or good blender(if you don’t have any of that,it’s still ok not to grind).Grind before cooking poppy seeds.Mix in sugar and set aside.

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Prepare egg wash-whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water.

Apply a little bit of oil to your hands and rolling pin if needed.

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Divide the dough in half for 2 large rolls or  in three parts for 3 medium rolls.

Roll out the dough into rectangular or oval shape.Spread thick layer of poppyseed mixture.Roll it up half way and tuck in the sides and continue to roll all the way. Carefully place the roll on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Preheat your oven on lowest setting for 5 minutes and turn it off.Place rolls in slightly warm oven.Let rolls slightly rise for about 15-20 minutes.Apply egg wash and bake rolls on 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

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Let them cool completely before slicing.Enjoy with tea,milk or coffee.

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Lazy Vareniki

Lazy Vareniki

Well known and all time favorite Ukrainian breakfast dish.Lazy vareniki is like traditional cheese filled vareniki but simplified by combining all ingredients together in a bowl.It’s made of quick dough, cut into small pieces and cooked in boiling water.Tossed with lots of butter and served with sour cream.If desired,you can make simple sour cherry *sauce (sooo good) or strawberry sauce and pour it over vareniki.

*I found frozen sour cherries at my local European/Russian store.

2 cups farmers cheese(tvorog)*

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 cups flour

6 tablespoons butter melted (for serving

sour cream (serving)

Sugar (serving)

Large pot and water for boiling

You can substitute ricotta cheese or cottage cheese,but you will need to adjust flour.

Sour cherry sauce-

1 cup frozen sour cherries

1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (sweetness to your liking)

1 tablespoon corn starch


Strawberry sauce-




1.Combine tvorog,eggs,sugar,salt in a bowl using stand mixer,spoon, or fork.

2.Add flour and mix to combine.If dough is too sticky,add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be soft,not tough.

3.Divide dough into four sections.


4.On a well floured surface, roll a long rope/snake.*

5.Cut the rope into 1/2 inch pieces.

6. Bring water to boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

7.Throw in vareniki one by one.(don’t over crowd ,cook in batches if needed)

8.When vareniki begin to float on top,cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Drain the water.Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with melted butter and sugar.

Serve with sour cream and/or with desired sauce (below).

*If you want to be lazier then lazy….use a teaspoon to drop the dough in the water.

Sour cherry sauce-

Place cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan.

When sugar has melted,and begins to simmer, take 3 tablespoons of juice from the sauce pan to a cup.

Add cornstarch to the cup with sour cherry juice.Mix well.

Stir in cornstarch mixture with sour cherries and cook until liquid thickens a little.

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Strawberry sauce-

Slice strawberries.

Combine strawberries with sugar in a small sauce pan.

Cook stirring until sugar is dissolved (try not to overcook).


To reheat;melt a little bit of  butter in a pan.Throw in cooked vareniki.Saute until golden in color.

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