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Polish Poppy Seed Loaves

 Polish Poppy Seed Loaves
Traditionally, these loaves were eaten after sundown on Christmas Eve as part of a 12-course meal. At our house, we never can wait that long to bite into the pretty spiral slices of this tender, coffee cake-like treat.—Linda Gronewaller, Hutchinson, Kansas
24 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped candied orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

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Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl,
  • combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until mixture
  • resembles fine crumbs. Combine eggs, yolks and yeast mixture; add to
  • crumb mixture and mix well. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until
  • smooth.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide in half. Roll out into two
  • 12-in. squares; cover with plastic wrap.
  • In a small skillet, cook and stir poppy seeds and butter over medium
  • heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the raisins, honey and lemon juice.
  • Transfer to a bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Stir in candied orange peel
  • and lemon peel.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in
  • sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high just until stiff peaks form
  • and sugar is dissolved. Fold into poppy seed mixture. Spread over
  • each square to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each square
  • jelly-roll style; pinch seams to seal.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until nearly
  • doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pan to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over
  • cooled loaves. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 234 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.