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Poppy Seed Cake (Streuselkuchen) (D, TNT)
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Serves: 16-20

1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
30 grams fresh yeast, or 1 package dry yeast (I prefer fresh)
1/4 cup water, warm
2 eggs
3 to 3-1/2 cups flour

Poppy Seed Filling:
1 cup ground poppy seed
1/2 cup ground almonds, or walnuts
2/3 cup sugar, if you like sweeter use 1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg or 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon peel

Streusel Topping:
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, very cold
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Take the yeast and water + 1 tsp. sugar, Dissolve yeast. Cover and let it double in a warm place. In a small pan, heat milk, sugar, salt and butter, stir until butter melts. Cool it to lukewarm.

In an electric mixer in a warm bowl (you can rinse it in hot water): mix together yeast, milk, mixer and eggs, Add 2 cups of flour. Continue to beat adding slowly the flour. When dough start to be a little thick, change to the hook beater and continue to add more flour.

Knead until you get elastic and smooth dough. Grease bowl, turn the dough over to grease top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place about an 1 hour.

While the dough is rising in peace and quiet, prepare the poppy seed filling. Cook over low heat, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens, (about 10 minutes). Cool to room temperature.

NOW the last step:

Punch down the dough and knead again in the electric mixer, Butter 10"x15" baking pan and place the dough in center. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes.

Pat with you hands the dough and shape it to fit pan. Cover evenly with the poppy filling and then with the streusel topping. Cover again with a cloth and again (what can you do?) let it rise just for another 20 minutes. Not more.

Streusel Topping:
In food processor mix all the ingredients, But the vanilla. Add the vanilla. It will be moist crumbs.

Bake in preheated 375°F hot oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack.

Poster's Notes:
On cold winter, my mother use to fill hot water in rubber bottles, put it in bed under the "Pereene" blankets (ducks feather blankets) and in between them, was the bowl with the yeast dough.

Posted by Rina Perry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A