Mohnstollen (Poppy Seed Stollen)


Mohnstollen is a beautiful poppy seed stollen that's often served at Christmas, and this recipe comes straight from Germany. Freshly ground poppy seeds taste best — in Germany, you can find special grinders for poppy seeds, but you can also use a mortar and pestle. Don't use a regular spice grinder though, as poppy seeds contain a lot of oil that will clog the grinder.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
1 loaf



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ounce fresh yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm milk

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces

  • 6 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 2 cups finely ground poppy seeds

  • 1 cup hot whole milk

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 1 medium lemon, zested

  • 1 teaspoon rum

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Place flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Crumble fresh yeast into the well, then pour in lukewarm milk. Mix yeast and milk together in the well to combine, leaving flour untouched. Cover and let sit in a warm place until foamy, about 15 minutes.

  2. Mix a little flour at a time into yeast mixture until no flour remains. Add butter, sugar, and salt; knead until a soft, pliable dough forms. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a thin rectangle.

  4. Make the filling: Place ground poppy seeds into a bowl. Pour hot milk over top, then add sugar, raisins, honey, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, and rum. Stir until well combined.

  5. Spread filling over dough. Start at a longer edge, and roll dough up and over filling into a log; press the seam together with your fingers to seal. Place the log, seam-side down, onto the prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Allow to cool for about 1 hour, then dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

392 Calories
15g Fat
57g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 392
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 327mg 25%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 250mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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