Traditional Slovak Poppyseed & Nut Cakes
[print_this]TRADITIONAL SLOVAK POPPYSEED & NUT CAKES
1 lb. butter (part margarine if desired)
1 c. sugar
1 pint sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
12-13 c. sifted flour
3 pkgs. dry yeast or 3 oz. fresh yeast (dissolved in warm water)
1 lb. poppyseed
2 c. sugar or sweetened to taste
1 c. boiling water
few dashes cinnamon raisins (if desired)
1 lb. walnuts, ground
1 c. sugar or sweetened to taste
few dashes cinnamon
Lekvar: (Prune butter)
1/2 lb. lekvar
1 T. lemon juice
Combine sugar, butter, eggs and dissolved yeast. Mix well. Add sour cream, milk, flour and salt. Beat thoroughly until dough does not stick to hands or board. Form dough into 7 or 8 balls. Roll out each ball on floured board. Fill with fillings. Roll tight. Place on greased pan and let stand for approximately 4 hours to raise before baking. Brush tops of rolls with egg yolk just before placing in oven. Bake at 350˚ for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. This recipe will make 7 or 8 twelve inch loaves or some dough may be reserved for lekvar or cheese squares.
Combine poppyseed, sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Add water gradually until poppyseed is smooth. Spread on rolled dough. Just before rolling dough, sprinkle with melted butter.
1 lb. walnuts, add sugar, cinnamon if desired. Brush dough with melted butter, sprinkle with nuts.
If lekvar squares are desired – cut dough into three inch squares. Place one generous tablespoon of lekvar in center. Fold over corners to center.
Recipe by Mrs. Joseph Bellis