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Beigli with Poppy Seed Filling

November 29, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by Aron Erdohati
  • Makes two 30-cm rolls
Author Notes

This recipe is courtesy of Edesem bakery, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo was styled by Ágnes László.) —Alia Akkam

What You'll Need
  • Dough
  • 290 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 30 grams powdered sugar
  • 90 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 60 grams cold lard, cut into small pieces
  • 60 grams cold whole milk
  • 5 grams fresh (not instant) yeast
  • 30 grams egg yolks (from about 1 1/2 eggs)
  • Filling
  • 120 grams whole milk
  • 30 grams honey
  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 250 grams poppy seeds, ground (grind in a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 50 grams graham cracker crumbs or shortbread cookies, ground
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon whole poppy seeds
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk. Stir in the egg yolks.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and powdered sugar. Mix in the butter and lard with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk mixture.
  3. Knead the dough, but stop immediately when it comes together. Form two 270g balls and pat the balls into discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the filling: In a large saucepan, bring the milk with the honey and granulated sugar to a boil. Stir in the ground poppy seeds, lemon peel, ground cloves, applesauce and cookie crumbs. As soon as it comes together, remove it from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Turn one piece of the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a 20x30-cm (~8x12-inch) rectangle. Use an offset spatula to spread half of the filling over the dough. Leave 1 cm (~1/3 inch) empty edge on every side of the rectangle. Fold over the edges. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough tightly into a long log. Repeat with the other dough.
  7. Transfer the rolls to the prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg yolks and refrigerate until the surface dries (about 30 minutes).
  8. Brush with egg white. Make a few small holes on top of the dough with a fork. Sprinkle the doughs with the whole poppy seeds and refrigerate until the surface dries (approximately 15 minutes). Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  9. Bake the begjli for 15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F. Bake for 10 more minutes, until the tops are browned and nice cracks show on the top. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. (For longer storage, wrap the rolls tightly in plastic wrap and keep them in a dry, cool place for up to two weeks.)

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4 Reviews

Gretchen F. December 2, 2016
The poppyseed beigli is pictured on the lower right of the photo--the others look like walnut. ......Mine have always cracked--now someone has told me to refrigerate them overnight and bake in the morning to avoid the dreaded cracking. Will be trying that this Christmas.
SugahPop December 2, 2016
My husband's Hungarian family made a filling that was just poppyseeds and apricot jam, I think? Do you have any recommendations on getting the ratios right to make a filling without the graham cracker crumbs? My recollection is that it could be a bit gritty, sometimes.
Nika P. December 2, 2016
Are You sure it's the right photo? Poppyseeds filling doesn't look like that.
babsdavis December 1, 2016
The phot with the recipe appears to be nut roll not poppyseed.