Cream cheese, poppy seed & apricot pie

Yes it’s that time of year again! – December is here and the Christmas market is up in Zagreb. Each street coming to the main square is lit up in Christmas lights, your taste buds go crazy at the scent of delicious food coming from the food stands at the market, you can hear groups of young people playing instruments at the corner or singing on stages set at each Zagreb square.

The thing I love most about December and Christmas time, isn’t snow as some might guess because here in Zagreb, Croatia it’s been ages since we had a snowy Christmas, it’s actually food that brings me joy. Seems like when the whole Christmas time comes we cook more delicious food, or the food just tastes better than before.. don’t know, but what I do know this winter I’ll prepare more food than ever, from winter classics to new recipes I’ve picked up here and there. Starting off with this delicious pie, maybe an unlikely combination of ingredients, but let me tell you the flavours come together in such a delicious way, you’ll be asking for more before even finishing the first slice.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming season, many delicious recipes, from dishes you’re grandparents’ used to make to those traditional holiday desserts!.. and also stay tuned for more recipes!!

Cream cheese, poppy seed & apricot pie

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 30 min

Cook time: 45 min

Servings: 8


Ingredients

Crust:

  • 300 g whole-wheat flour
  • 150 g butter
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Cream cheese filling:

  • 100 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 700 g cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Poppy seed filling:

  • 200 g poppy seed, ground
  • 2 egg whites
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200 g fresh compote apricots

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How to

  1. Sift together in a large bowl whole-wheat flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix in softened butter, combine and then add orange zest, yoghurt and egg yolks. Mix the ingredients until you get a firm dough. Press the dough onto a plastic foil and place it in the fridge for 30 min – 1 h.
  2. Butter a round pie tray and preheat the oven to 180° C.
  3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and place it in a buttered pie tray. Poke the dough with a fork.
  4. For the cream cheese filling mix together butter at room temperature with sugar until fluffy. Mix in cream cheese, eggs, corn starch, vanilla extract, baking powder and lemon zest until all the ingredients are combined.
  5. For the poppy seed filling mix in ground poppy seeds with cream cheese and brown sugar. Beat egg whites until stiff in a second bowl and manually stir them in with the poppy seed mixture.
  6. Pour the cream cheese filling over the pie crust, then top it with the poppy seed filling and finish off the pie with fresh peeled apricots cut in half. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 min. Enjoy!
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50 Comments Add yours

  1. foodzesty says:

    Interesting recipe!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, and a delicious one too! 😀

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  2. Wow, that’s a lot of poppy seeds 🙂 but looks nice and good 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      It just seems that way, but it’s pretty tasty, trust me.. here in Croatia we love poppy seed desserts 😀

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      1. Also here in Hungary I saw they use it often 🙂 actually I also like it 🙂

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      2. chefkreso says:

        Can’t wait to go to Budapest for Christmas, love Hungarian food, and there are so many similarities between Croatian and Hungarian traditional dishes.. 🙂

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  3. Interesting recipe! I’ll have to save it in my recipe folder for when our fresh apricot season returns. Definitely a recipe to try! Thanks.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, I’m so happy to hear that, you have to share how it turns out! Happy cooking and all the best for the upcoming Christmas season!

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  4. annika says:

    Such a unique recipe, so curious to try! I only ever sprinkle a bit of poppy seeds over bread dough before baking.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      I love bread covered in poppy seeds, here in these parts of Europe we love poppy seeds desserts, like strudels or pies and cakes, you have to give it a try, this pie is a hit in my household and among my friends! 😀

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      1. annika says:

        I will definitely have to try it then… Europeans know their desserts!

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  5. Megala says:

    Beautiful pie, beautifully captured !!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, it’s an interesting combination of flavours, but a delicious one! 😀

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  6. Layers of goodness. Love the addition of apricots on top. 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, the apricots are stars of the whole pie! 😀

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  7. Lili says:

    It is an interesting recipe – looks really delicious! 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, many think that the combination of ingredients is surprising, and it is!- in a positive way! 😀

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  8. Jodi says:

    I have never heard of such a thing – yet it is all flavors I love. Is this a common pie in Croatia? I would have never imagined, and I am so intrigued!!!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi Jodi! The pie isn’t a traditional Croatian, it’s an idea I’ve read of somewhere and tried it out, and then made the recipe of it after realizing how tasty it turned out.. 😀

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  9. This looks beautiful and I have tasted poppy seed pastry before because I live close to the german border, and I love it. I have just never made anything with poppy seeds in it before. I really want to try and I love this combo because I am crazy for cheesecake. Great recipe Krešo ☺🖒

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you so much, I’m very glad that you like the recipe, everyone thinks it’s an interesting combination of ingredients, and that it’s very tasty! Poppy seed pastries from Germany are so delicious, my grandma is German and I was there a couple of times, loved each and every one of the pastries they make.. 🙂

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  10. Some very exciting falvours going on in there 🙂 Nice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, there really are amazing flavours in this pie, you should give it a try!

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  11. Mmmm, the pictures look so tempting! Christmas is the season of temptation and then some!
    I am enjoying seeing poppyseeds in this dessert, a beautiful use of them!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      I totally agree! I’m so tempted every time I go to the city, here in Zagreb, the Christmas market is up and there are so many delicious delicacies and pastries and cakes every where you look! 😀

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      1. Everywhere!
        And don’t forget about the workplace too! People are always bringing in all kinds of baked goodies and treats!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much!

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  12. Charisse Colbert says:

    This is so pretty

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, give the recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed!

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  13. My Real Dish says:

    You are so creative! WOW!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much!!

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  14. Delicious pie! My grandma used to prepare similar one! With different types of fruit. Always what we could find in the garden 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      That sounds amazing, love using fresh fruit when preparing a cake or any other kind of dessert! 😀

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      1. Ah yes, me too! My grandparents and parents they still have decent amount of different fruit trees for every season! 🙃

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  15. Mayasbeehive says:

    Looks bright and absolutely delicious! Love all the variety of flavorings in your recipes:)

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  16. southeastfaring says:

    Never seen this combination in a pie before… looks neat.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, everyone says so but they like the flavor 🙂

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  17. kevinashton says:

    I’m curious chef to learn more about your Poopyseed desserts, is this a Croatian traditional dessert? Looks great by the way.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      It isn’t a traditional one, but all of my friends loved it 🙂

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