Poppy Seed Strudel Recipe

This poppy seed strudel recipe showcases the distinctive taste of poppy seed filling that is so popular in European sweets rolled inside a yeast dough crust. Unlike many recipes, this one does not skimp on the poppy seed. This is not like wimpy poppy seed muffins or bagels that really use the fragrant seed only for some added color or texture. This strudel really lets you taste the poppy seeds. I am a huge fan of poppy seed desserts and like to see the thick swirls of tasty black poppy seed filling in this strudel. Yum!

I sometimes like to make one strudel with raisins and one without, just in case anyone is not a fan of raisins. You can also sprinkle on some chopped walnuts before rolling, for a bit of extra texture.

This poppy seed strudel recipe can be easily altered for a variety of other strudel fillings.

Poppy Seed Strudel

Dough Ingredients:

3 ½ cups of All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp of Salt

1 packet of Active Dry Yeast (¼ oz)

1 cup of Milk

¼ lb (1 stick) of melted Unsalted Butter

2 Egg Yolks

Filling Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of Ground Poppy Seed

1 cup of Sugar

1 cup of Water

3 Tbsp of Melted Butter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp of Honey

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1/4 cup Spiced Rum

Prep and Baking Ingredients:

1/2 cup Flour

1/4 - 1/2 cup of Golden Raisins (to taste)

1 Egg White

Poppy Seed Strudel Recipe Instructions:

In a small bowl, mix Dry Yeast with a pinch each of Flour, Sugar, and salt
Mix in 1 Tbsp of warm Water
Set Yeast mixture aside for 10 minutes to activate

Mix Flour and Salt in large mixing bowl

In a sauce pan, mix Milk, melted Butter, and lightly beaten Yolks
Stir over low heat until warm

Form a hollow in the center of the Flour mixture
Pour frothy Activated Yeast mixture into hollow and cover with Flour
Add Milk mixture to Flour and mix into a Dough
Beat for 5-10 minutes then cover
Set covered Dough in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour

In a sauce pan, mix Sugar and Water for filling
Bring Sugar/Water mixture to a boil then reduce heat
Mix in Poppy Seed and other filling ingredients (except Rum)
Stir on low heat for 5 minutes
Remove from heat, stir in Rum, and set aside

Fold risen Dough several times
Moved Dough to lightly floured counter or pastry board and knead from 5 minutes
Divide Dough in two equal halves and knead each half again briefly
Form both halves into balls and let rest for 5-10 minutes

On lightly floured surface, roll one Dough Ball out with rolling pin until about 12” by 18”
With a spatula, spread half of Filling over surface of Dough leaving 1/2 inch clean edges
Sprinkle half of Raisins over surface
Gently roll Strudel from narrowest end forming a 12“ long roll
Place Strudel in half of a greased and floured baking pan

Repeat process for second Strudel
Brush Strudel with lightly beaten Egg White
Turn on oven and allow rolled Strudel to rest until oven is preheated to 350 F

Place Strudel pan into oven
Bake for 45 minutes to an 1 hour
Remove pan from oven and let cool for 5 minutes
Remove Strudel from pan and place on cooling rack or dry cutting board

Serve warm or room temperature, in 3/4-inch slices, topped with Powdered Sugar

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Filling too runny!!! 
Have you actually tried this recipe? The filling says to add 1 cup of water....way too runny!! I just checked other poppy seed roll recipes and there …

filling is like soup! Not rated yet
I’m trying to rescue it. Just added another two cups of freshly ground poppyseed (I have an excellent hand grinder) and have it simmering on the stove …

D'oh, I over cooked it Not rated yet
I was thrilled to finally make this dish. The process for the dough was very helpful. I especially enjoyed the sweetness of the dough. I had a can of poppy …

Poppy Seed Filling Not rated yet
I used fresh whole poppy seeds, and followed the recipe except I only used 1 cup of seeds and no rum. I also changed the lemon juice to 3 Tbsp. Poppy …

Poppy Seed Filling Not rated yet
I used fresh whole poppy seeds, and followed the recipe except I only used 1 cup of seeds and no rum. I also changed the lemon juice to 3 Tbsp. Poppy …

No butter version Not rated yet
I made a version with oil instead of butter. It was pretty good. I used a different recipe for the filling.

Use Solo Filling Not rated yet
Save some time, get amazing results and use SOLO poppyseed filling, if you can find it. That's what I use.

I like it Not rated yet
I use no raisins. I tried crushed nuts... ymm. 1/4 cup spiced rum. Captain Morgan is good.

I know better... Not rated yet
Sadly, I should have read the comments first. Though the filling was delicious, most of it wound up on the bottom of the pan. I'll make the adjustment …

Broke open Not rated yet
My strudel broke open during baking.

Great taste but mechanical issues Not rated yet
I had a very good experience with this recipe with a few small exceptions. I think it might be too much to put 1 cup of water into the poppyseed filling. …

Running filling Not rated yet
I made this recipe. But the filling turned out to be very watery, not pasty enough for me to spread it. The filling ended up running all over the rolled-out …

Split and crusty crust Not rated yet
I made this strudel using the dough recipe here with one can of poppy seed filling for the first loaf and some homemade almond filling for the second loaf. …

Filling time Not rated yet
The filling needs much more than 5 min. When making it, make sure that the mixture is not runny at all, but more of a syrup. Otherwise, the mixture will …

Poppy Seed Strudel Recipe Comments Not rated yet
Perfect,tasted great,just like my mum used to make.Had a problem with the filling as it seemed a bit too liquid so thickened it by cooking longer.Yum …

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