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Poppy Seed Roll

 Poppy Seed Roll
Usually, I don't get much of an immediate response from people when I serve this. They're too busy eating it! Poppy Seed Roll really brings the light to my husband's eyes. He prefers it over any birthday cake I could bake. I like to serve this bread as a just-right, not-too-sweet dessert. And i always offer a glass of cold milk, too—my husband's part of a family dairy!
16-18 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 5 to 6 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1 can (12 ounces) poppy seed filling
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Icing

Directions

  • In a saucepan, heat milk, butter, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm.
  • Add 2 beaten eggs and the vanilla extract. Dissolve yeast in warm
  • water.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk mixture, yeast mixture and enough flour
  • to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead
  • until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a
  • greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a
  • warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

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Poppy Seed Roll (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-in.
  • x 18-in. rectangle. Spread with poppy seed filling and 1 cup nuts.
  • Starting with the long side, roll up dough and pinch the edges to
  • seal.
  • Place on a large greased baking sheet, seam side down. Curve slightly
  • to form a crescent shape. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water; brush over top. Bake at
  • 350° for about 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Glaze with
  • confectioners' sugar icing and top with remaining nuts. Yield: 1
  • bread.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 317 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 163 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.