Poppy seed strudel

My mother isn’t a big baker, she never liked baking cakes very much and she would always leave it to my grandmother to make them for big occasions and those small ones when we’d come over for a family dinner. The one thing she knew how to bake and I absolutely love is this Poppy seed strudel. Since she didn’t have a passion for baking as much as I do, she passed on the recipe so I can make it when ever I like.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of poppy seeds and pastries using them is a small bakery we had in my neighbourhood where they made traditional Croatian pastries and cakes. They made this cake Međimurska gibanica, I’ve shared the recipe for 9 months ago when I started writing posts, and homemade strudels with all kinds of fillings. Remember saving money as a kid to buy a slice of those strudels after school. It’s been years since they closed down, but I still remember the sweet taste.

 

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Međimurska gibanica

 

You can make this strudel with an addition of fresh fruit, especially strawberries and raspberries, or even apples cooked in white wine. Grab an apron, start the oven and give this strudel a try!

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 50 min

Cook time: 30 min

Servings: 8


Ingredients

Puff pastry:

  • 250 g strong flour
  • 250 g cold butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 150 ml water

Filling:

  • 100 g poppy seeds
  • 200 ml milk
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Poppy seed strudel

How to

  1. Place the flour and a pinch of salt in the food processor. Gradually pour in water until all the ingredients come together. Cover the dough in plastic foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 min.
  2. Lightly flour the surface and roll the dough. Place the butter in between two parchment papers and roll it out in a square shape but it has to be large as an envelope, so the surface of the rolled out dough is larger. Do it quickly so it doesn’t melt.
  3. Put the butter on the center of the rolled out dough. Fold the dough over the butter and roll it with your rolling-pin in a rectangle shape. Fold the left 1/3 of the dough over the center and cover it with the right 1/3 of the dough, and roll it again.  Repeat the process for a few times, cover the dough and place it in the fridge for at least 20 min.
  4. Repeat the rolling process for a few more times, and in between you place it in the fridge again for at least 20 min to chill.
  5. In a medium sauce pan bring milk to a boil, add brown sugar & vanilla extract and pour the mixture over poppy seeds. Stir them a few times.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200° C. Place a parchment paper over a large baking tray.
  7. Roll out the dough over slightly floured surface and place the filling over it. Roll the strudel.
  8. Whisk in a small bowl 1 egg, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  9. Place the strudel on the baking tray and finish it by brushing beaten egg with brown sugar and cinnamon over it. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 min, until crispy and golden. Enjoy!
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38 Comments Add yours

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, happy to hear that you like it!

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  1. I love strudel! 💞 No matter what kind of filling ☺️ Probably, the most favourite in our family is with apples, walnuts and cinnamon. However, with poppy seeds is catching pretty well ☺️ really nice recipe! Thank you!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, happy to hear that. Have to admit the Apple, walnut and cinnamon strudel is one of my favourite too, my grandma used to make it and I always loved and admired her cooking 😀

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      1. I know that!!! My grandma’s was always the best one. And her cooking was just amazing. Mainly cakes!!!! No one in our family can make cakes as she did 🙂

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      2. chefkreso says:

        Grandmas always knew the best dessert recipes!

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      3. That’s so true 😍 I am already planning to prepare some of my grandma’s desserts. Hopefully, it will turn good as well 🙈😁

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  2. This strudel looks so delicious ! Thank you for the recipe 😊

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Hope you give it a try and like it as much as I do 🙂

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  3. Love poppy seeds in desserts. This looks so tasty!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Poppy seeds are always a great addition, you should give it a try 😀

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  4. foodzesty says:

    What a interesting recipe…poppy seeds hmmm! 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! You should give it a try, it’s really an amazing combination and a great ingredient for any tasty cake, or in this case strudel 🙂

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      1. foodzesty says:

        I love Poppy seed but have never tried this version. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, happy to read that you like it 🙂

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  5. I had something similar today when I was in the countryside. Poppy seeds are sooo tasty… And your strudel (or gibanica) looks so mouthwatering

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks! In my experience, countryside always offers delicious rustic desserts we all grew up with 🙂

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  6. That strudel looks delish!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, one of my favourite have to admit, you should give it a try!

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  7. Jodi says:

    This looks so so delicious. I love poppy seed desserts!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! I love them too, hope you’re having a nice start of a lovely week ahead!

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  8. nancyc says:

    Looks like such a yummy dessert!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Happy that you like it, have a nice day!

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  9. Wouldn’t mind trying… Very curious to taste it. My mother hardly ever baked cakes either etc but cooked fantastic meals.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, hope you give it a try and find it as delicious as it was for me and my family 🙂

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  10. Lanseikong says:

    That is can be excellent teatime dessert …..

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you and it really can, you should give it a try!

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  11. Super izgledaju štrudlice, mljac! 😀

    Jao, moja mama je ista, nije baš neki ljubitelj ni pečenja, a ni jedenja slatkog, pa sam ja jadna sama morala naučiti peći kolače. 😀 😀 😀

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Tako i ja, koja slučajnost, strast prema pečenju kod mojih je točno preskočila jednu generaciju 😀

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, it is such a delicious dessert! You should give it a try 🙂

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      1. I’d love it if you could check out my blog!

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