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Poppy Seed Roll (or Nut Roll)
[A Czechoslovakian Strudel Recipe]

3 cups all purpose flour
1 cake compressed yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk, scalded
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup warm water
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups flour

Place flour in a large bowl. Crumble yeast and add to flour. Add
sugar and salt. Scald milk and cool. While milk is cooling, add
butter or margarine to milk to soften. When milk is lukewarm, add
warm water to it, and add to dry ingredients. Mix all well.

Add eggs to milk and flour mixture. Add 2 1/2 cups more flour,
first with spoon, then with hand. When dough begins to leave sides
of bowl, turn it onto a lightly floured board and knead.

Allow dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours in a lightly greased bowl,
turning once to bring greased side up. Leave it in a warm spot
and cover with a damp cloth. Punch dough down after 1 1/2 hours,
pull edges into center and turn over in the bowl. Allow dough to
rise for 30 minutes more.

Divide dough into four equal parts. Work on each part separately,
keeping dough covered. Roll dough into thin rectangular shape (No
flour should be required to roll out, since dough should handle
easily).

Roll into 9 x 12 inch rectangle. Spread with soft butter. Spread
one cup of filling on top and roll rectangle. Spread with soft
butter. Spread one cup of filling on top and roll as for jelly
roll. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 on lightly greased foil
placed on a cookie sheet. The four rolls should fit on the cookie
sheet.


Filling

To make the nut filling, use 1 pound ground walnuts mixed with 1
cup sugar. For altenate filling use 1 pound poppy seeds & sweeten
to taste with honey. With Solo brand poppy seeds, just add a little
hot water so its spreadable.

Variations: Substitute honey for sugar; add cinamon and raisins to
fillings.



Poppyseed and Honey Filling (Cooked)

2 cups poppyseed
1 cup water or milk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs (optional)

Combine poppyseed (large seeds should be scalded, drained and
pounded or put through food chopper, using fine blade), liquid,
honey, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Cook over moderate heat till
thick, stirring to prevent scorching.

Let cool before adding eggs, beating in thoroughly. If the addition
of eggs thins out filling too much, return to heat and stir while
cooking 1 to 2 minutes.

Variation 1: Add 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds or other nuts.

Variation 2: Add nuts and 1/4 cup currants or seedless raisins.

Variation 3: Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon grated
lemon rind.

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