Since I was I a child I loved Kozunak, a challah like sweet bread we had in Bulgaria every Easter. Since I read about Makoviec bread I wanted to try it. This was the second time I used poppy seed filling and I liked the result much better than the first which were some Jewish butter cookies (Hamantaschen). I couldn't stop eating it. It is good for breakfast with tea or coffee. I have had it for dessert and afternoon snack, too.
- 1 egg
- 1-2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup sugar
- flour (2-3) cups
- roughly 1/2 cup poppy seed filling
- zest of 1/2 orange
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
- Mix the yeast with a little warm water and let rest for 4-5 minutes.
- In a big bowl mix in the yogurt, flour, zest, and sugar and knead until it becomes springy. I used a hand mixer with a dough hook attachment. It took like 5-10 minutes.
- Let rest in a warm place covered with a towel until it doubles in size.
- Punch down. Divide in two balls. Roll each one to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Prepare the filling by mixing them in a small bowl.
- Spread half of the filling over the dough and roll. Repeat with the other half.
- Put the two rolls in a greased 8x8in baking dish. (I used Pyrex here.)
- Rest until almost doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Glaze with yolk and some sugar.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then lower the heat to 345 and bake 15 more minutes.
Let cool a bit and enjoy. It is still good the following day.