Projects for the sake of projects are sometimes…just projects. Others, they are ridiculous excuses for deliciousness. Today was a case of the latter.
It all started with a visit to a new grocery store about a year ago. It was a strange mix of Eastern European and Far Eastern products. Nothing grabbed me until I saw the can of poppy seed filling. I have made my own, and it is easy and yummy, so I am not sure why I decided to buy it.
Fast forward to this week, when I decide the pantry needed a good wipe. I caught sight of the poppy seed filling, and decided that I needed to use it. I looked online for uses for the can of goo (the project) and found a few that sounded o.k. A few tweaks of Elise Bauer’s recipe on Simply Recipes later, here is my version of…
Poppy Seed OR Nutella OR Halvah Yummies
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can of poppy seed filling &/or Nutella &/or shredded halvah
For the wash:
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp milk or cream
In a stand mixer bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and cinnamon; set aside.
In a small saucepan heat and stir the milk, butter, sugar and salt just until warm and butter is mostly melted. DO NOT BRING TO A BOIL.
Add milk mixture to dry mixture along with the eggs and vanilla. Beat with the paddle attachment on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping side of bowl until all ingredients are incorporated. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. (I mixed the whole thing in the mixer and it was great)
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour (if you need to) to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (for 1-1/2 hours – 2 hours).
Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface (flour only if dough is sticky). Divide dough in half. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
Roll each dough half into a 16×8 inch rectangle, about an 1/8 inch thick. Cut each rectangle into 8 4×4 squares. Place a large, heaping tablespoon of poppy seed filling OR Nutella OR a pile of shredded halvah onto the center of each square. Brush the four corners of each square with water. Draw the corners up and gently press together. Secure with a toothpick. Place on lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Let rise in a warm place until nearly double (I used my oven (OFF) with the light on).
Brush with an egg wash made with one egg beaten with a tablespoon of milk or cream. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Remove toothpicks.
*** For the halvah, I decided to just make a roll. I used some nutella, and put a blob of stringy halvah in the center. Next time I will just sprinkle the halvah over the whole surface. Both methods work – rolls and the squares. I’m guessing you can also cut the rolls, put into a pan or muffin cups and make spirals. THIS RECIPE SEEMS INFALLIBLE!