Rating: 4.88 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a filling often used for Middle European kolacs (also called kolacky or kolachke)--filled, rolled, baked yeast dough--and sweet rolls.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
60 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 cups of filling
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grind the poppy seeds in a mill or coffee grinder.

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  • Combine the milk, margarine, and sugar in a saucepan. Cook on low heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Gradually pour about half of the hot milk into the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Return the egg and milk mixture to the saucepan.

  • Continue to cook and stir until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a metal spoon. (Run your finger down the coated spoon: it should draw a clear line.) Add the poppy seeds and stir well to blend.

  • Remove from heat; cool before using. Store unused filling in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Editor's Note

A half pound of poppy seeds equals a little more than 1 1/2 cups. Cream or evaporated milk may be substituted for the milk in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 13.5g; fat 10g; cholesterol 21.7mg; sodium 49.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (24)

24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
Great old fashion recipe,but if you want it a little bit sweeter and more modern in taste,(like the canned poppy seed) all you need to do is add corn syrup.I made a double batch and added 1/2 a cup. Adding honey also makes it great too!THRILLED with this recipe either way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
I used this recipe for kolache and it turned out great! My husband is Czech and he said it was just how it's supposed to be. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I live in Northern Canada and cannot find prepackaged poppy seed filling to make for kolaches. I'm am eternally greatful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2012
FABULOUS!! Having many exchange students in the house over the past few years from all over Europe this filling reminded them all of grandma back home. Thanks Hepzibah! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2011
This recipe is perfect. Much better than canned poppy seed filling. I didn't change a thing. I combined the filling with crushed walnuts. I made a sweet dough and rolled the filling up in the dough to make my family's traditional Christmas poppy seed rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2015
Two magic words: Lemon Zest. It needs lemon zest in it.Poppy needs lemon zest. Try it it will be even better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2016
Thank you so much for this recipe! I know longer can get fresh ground poppy seeds and I find that the canned version bakes too from the corn syrup. This is perfect. The only difference I make is to add grated lemon zest--about 1/8 cup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2020
I tried it twice. I did not get expected results. Instead of becoming thick and coating a spoon, the mixture curdled, like very sour milk. Both times, I added the poppy seeds to the curdled mess, and then blended the curds with a hand mixer on high speed. The filling was then used in a roll-up roll. 35 minutes at 350 degrees, and the filling had somehow thickened so it stayed perfectly in place when the roll was cut. It is absolutely the best poppy seed filling I have ever had. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2014
Thank you so much for this recipe. I can't get Solo brand in Northern Alberta so have to make from scratch. I changed it a tiny bit. I was out of eggs so I used 4 tablespoons of arrow root flour instead. The food processor took time to grind the poppyseed up but eventually worked well. This is by far better than the canned. I'm never going to miss it again. I'm so very happy right now. Read More
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