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Poppy Seed Loaves

Everyone always looked forward to Grandma Brettin baking these delicious loaves. She didn't use a recipe, so a cousin watched her make them one day and wrote down the ingredients.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 loaves (8 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (12-1/2 ounces each) poppy seed filling
  • Melted butter
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon zest and salt. Beat in yeast mixture. Gradually add flour; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes (dough will be sticky). Do not knead.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four pieces. Roll each into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread poppy seed filling over each to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Loosely roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal and tuck ends under. Place, seam side down, on two greased baking sheets.
  • With a sharp knife, make five to six deep diagonal slashes across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Cool for 20 minutes; dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
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