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Poppy seed or walnut filling

The same method can be used for ground walnuts or ground poppy seeds, both popular fillings. This filling needs to be made ahead, so it has time to cool before using it.


  • 300 ml (1 1/4 cup) milk
  • 300 grams (2 cups) powered sugar
  • 500 grams (1 lb) poppy seeds, ground OR 400 grams walnuts, ground
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) raisins (only for poppy seeds)
  • lemon peel from 1/2 lemon


  1. Warm the milk and sugar together, stir in poppy seeds and raisins and lemon peel or ground walnuts. Leave it to cool.

  2. Cover about one third of the dough with poppy seed or walnut mixture, drizzle with butter and roll, brushing the layers without the filling with butter for an extra flaky crust. Proceed with recipe as above.