Monday, December 21, 2015

Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll - Beigli

Beigli or Poppy Seed Roll is a traditional Hunagarian festive goodie usually eaten on Christmas . This is a sweet yeasted bread with tasty filling such a honey, poppy seeds , raisins or nuts .  Very different from the usual Christmas bread with dried fruits & spices . Lovely soft & sweet bread for Christmas morning that goes great a cup of tea or coffee . 

Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll 
Recipe adapted from The Hungarian Girl .com


250 ml warm water 
2 packages of active dry yeast (16 g)
115 g melted butter
115 g sugar
3 eggs - room temperature
1 Tsp salt
470 g unbleaches all-purpose flour , plus extra for kneading

Poppy Seed Filling
120 ml milk
250 g poppy seeds - ground
60 g raisins
1 tsp organic lemon zest
5 Tbsp honey
1 egg + 1 tsp milk for eggwash
Powdered / icing sugar for dusting ( optional) 

 Method :

1) In a bowl ,  dissolve yeast in warm water til foarmy , about 5 mins .

2) In large bowl , mix butter , sugar , eggs & salt til well incorporated . 

3) Add in flour , 1 cup at a time & mix till form a dough . Transfer the dough to a clean , floured surface & knead till smooth & elastic for about 5 - 7 mins . The dough should be soft & not sticky . If it's too sticky , add more flour .  Transfer the dough ball into g greased big bowl & cover with plastic wrap . Let to rise til double in size in a warm place about 1-1/2 - 2 hours . 

4) For the poppy seed filling : Combine milk & sugar in a sauce pan . Bring to a boil & add in poppy seed & raisins . Simmer for a few minutes , stirring constantly . Remove from heat & stir in lemon zest & honey . Set aside to cool before using .

5) Lined baking tray with parchment paper .  Punch dough down & divide the dough into two equal parts .  Roll out each dough into a rectangle measuring 35 x 30 cm .  Spread the dough with poppy seed filling leaving 2.5 cm on all the edges . Roll up lengthwise , make sure that the rolls remain tight & firm .  Transfer the rolls on lined baking tray  . Cover rolls with a clothe & let to rise again for 45 - 60 minutes .   Preheat oven to 180°C &  brush egg wash over the rolls & bake for 30 mins til golden brown .  Let to cool before dusting powdered sugar over the roll . 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .

Linking this post to  Bake Along # 89 - Christmas Yeasted Bread  hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids & Lena from Frozen Wings .


  1. Hi Kit,
    I was tempted to make a similar recipe to this. It looks yummy, and I was kinda curious about the taste of the poppy seed filling! Lovely loaf!

  2. Hi Kit,

    I see that you have baking a lot of European goodies for your Christmas!!! All look so yummy... Merry Christmas you and your family!


  3. We adore poppy seeds! These sweet yeast rolls look scrumptious, Kit.
    Happy Holidays!

  4. At this moment, we have a coffee cake that looks like that, but it's competing for attention with so many other sweets that it isn't exactly going anywhere! I love poppy seeds but they just don't quite beat chocolate. Another time of year, maybe?

    best... mae from

  5. this sounds lovely with the poppy seed filling! Happy new year to you kit!!