Martin's Polish Poppy Seed Strudel

Bonnie Beck


This is my son, Jon's favortie. He requests this instead of a Birthday cake.

Our neighbor, from my mountain, Martin made this one year for Jon.

Martin came from Poland & he served in the German army. As he said, he didn't have much choice as the Germans would have shot him and his whole family.

I have made this with walnut filling, almond filling with dried fruit, & all the fillings Solo has. It always comes out perfect.

Many times I have made this for a Church social and never had a piece left.

It makes 3 strudels.

★★★★★ 2 votes
30 Min
1 Hr 15 Min
Convection Oven


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3 can(s)
poppy seed filling (or you can make your own)
1 1/4 c
warm milk (120*)
6 Tbsp
rounded sugar
6 c
or more flour
a pinch of salt
hand full of sugar
1 c
very cold raw sweet organic or sweet european butter (please) (2 sticks =1 cup)
1 tsp
fresh lemon juice
egg yolks, beaten
1 pkg
cake or dry yeast
cube of sweet butter, melted
1 c
golden raisins, optional-i use the raisins with the walnut filling

How to Make Martin's Polish Poppy Seed Strudel


  • 1Always do a yeast test first to make sure yout yeast isn't too old or inactivate with any kind of product where you are using yeast.
  • 2Sprinkle the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm milk and 1 rounded tablespoon of sugar. When it has foamed, add to the rest of the warm milk.
  • 3In a large bowl, cut 2 sticks of cold butter into the flour till it looks like cat litter.

    Add the 5 rounded tablespoons of sugar, salt, lemon juice, and eggs together, mix to blend.

    Add the flour a little at a time and beat the dough with your hands. Your dough should feel like your stomach. (And no I don't mean you guys with the 6 pack stomach, the feeling should be like a beer belly stomach.)
  • 4Divide into 3 balls, and place in a warm place covered with a flour sack towel to rise double, about 1 hour.
  • 5Roll out 1 of the dough balls to 1/8" thickness on floured surface into a retangular shape. Spread a little grape jam or jelly over the dough leaving 1" on all sides. It doesn't matter what flavor jam or jelly, but Martin used grape. Personally, I like the Rose Jelly I get at the store. Take 1 can of poppy seed filling and spread that over the dough and jelly, then sprinkle a hand full of sugar on top.

    Roll the dough up and pinch the outside ends together and under.

    Do the same with all the rest of the doughs.
  • 6Carefully lift onto a buttered cookie sheet, prick with a fork all over and brush well the tops and sides with the 1 cube of unsalted melted butter.

    Bake at 250* to 300* until golden brown, then at 200* for 20 mintues more. Watch so it doesn't burn. Brush more butter on as it is baking.
  • 7For those who don't know...Sweet butter is unsalted butter

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About Martin's Polish Poppy Seed Strudel

Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Polish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #strudel, #poppyseeds

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