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Poppy Seed Kolaches Recipe

Preparing and sharing recipes I made as a boy are what keep me young at heart. And since I'm retired, I have plenty of time to bake treats like this for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.—Carl & Isobel Wanasek, Rogers, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min. YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional melted butter
  • POPPY SEED FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Confectioners' sugar glaze, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the next seven ingredients and 2 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Shape into walnut-size balls; roll each into a 2-1/2-in. circle. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; brush with butter. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring poppy seeds and water to a boil; boil 1 minute or until thickened. Add milk and raisins; simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar, butter, vanilla and cinnamon; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the graham cracker crumbs.
  • 5. Make a depression, about 1-1/2 in. in diameter, in the center of each roll; fill with 2 teaspoons of filling. Bake at 400° for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle with glaze if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 111 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.