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Poppy Seeds

Posted By elizabeth On August 1, 2010 @ 2:30 am In Blog,Feedburner | 2 Comments

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I think I was born in the wrong generation. One trivial reason is my love of poppy seeds. They seem to be associated with my great aunts and my buby. Who else buys poppy seed danishes or strudel or hamantashen? My kids go for the chocolate-filled ones or even better yet, the chocolate-peanut butter. But I’m a traditionalist and, as mentioned, a big fan of poppy seeds. I like them in hamantashen, in danishes and strudels, in cakes and cookies. There are worse ways of being old-fashioned…Here are a few of my favorite recipes incorporating poppy seeds: some cookies, a cake based on a cake mix (always good when the craving needs to be satisfied now!) and a scratch cake. Pick one or try all three. You can join my poppy seed fan club.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Cookies become classic for a reason.

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¾ teaspoon lemon extract
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
⅓ cup poppy seeds

Cream together the margarine and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon extract and vanilla. On a low speed, add the flour and poppy seeds and beat until well mixed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half and roll out one piece on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies in the shape desired (can just be plain round ones if you like) and place on greased baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, until just barely brown around the edges.

Yellow Cake with Poppy Seed Filling

1 package Duncan Hines Classic Yellow cake mix
1 package vanilla instant pudding
1 cup orange juice
½ cup oil
4 eggs

Filling:
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all cake ingredients in a mixer and beat until blended and lumps have disappeared. Pour half the batter into a greased 10-inch tube pan. Stir together filling ingredients. Drop half the filling over the batter and swirl with a knife. Add remaining batter and repeat the process. Bake for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

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Poppy Seed Cake with Tofutti Cream Cheese Icing

Cake:
1 cup nondairy creamer
½ cup poppy seeds
2 cups flour
2½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ cup margarine, softened
1¼ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 egg whites

Frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package tofutti cream cheese
¼ cup margarine, softened
2½ cups powdered sugar

Microwave nondairy creamer until hot and stir in poppy seeds. Set it aside. Place flour and baking powder in a small bowl or measuring cup. With mixer on low, gradually beat in dry ingredients alternating with the milk-poppy seed mixture. Cream together the margarine, 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients, alternating with the liquid, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. In a clean bowl beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Beat in remaining ¼ cup sugar. Fold into batter. Pour into greased 10-inch round bans and bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan. Cool completely before frosting.
For frosting, cream together all ingredients and speak across bottom layer and all over top and sides of cake.


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