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Czech Poppyseed Sweet Roll (Koláče) Filling Recipe


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Russian Poppyseed Braid

© 2011 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This traditional poppyseed filling recipe is perfect for Czech koláče or sweet rolls. But it can be used in any pastry calling for poppyseed filling, like kołaczki or drozdzówki. This filling recipe calls for freshly ground poppyseeds using a poppyseed grinder. A food processor won't produce the same results, but I've also had good luck with the Waring Spice Grinder.

Prep Time: 10†minutes

Cook Time: 30†minutes

Total Time: 40†minutes

Yield: 1 1/4 cups Poppyseed Filling


  • 1 cup poppyseeds, ground
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt


  • In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over low heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool completely before using. Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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