#BundtBakers ~ CZECH POPPYSEED CROWN COFFEE CAKE ~ Bàbovka or Màku Kàvovˋy Dort Recept
This coffee cake is a snap to make. It’s only slightly sweet, the poppyseeds are an interesting addition and it bakes up beautifully. I think I should have used a larger pan but it still turned out well. This will be fabulous tomorrow morning along side a big cup of java.
Servings Prep Time
12servings 2+Hours
Cook Time Passive Time
45~60Minutes 20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12servings 2+Hours
Cook Time Passive Time
45~60Minutes 20Minutes
  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  2. Heat milk and butter until warm and butter melts.
  3. Add to dry ingredients and beat with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer at low speed until blended.
  4. Increase speed to medium and beat two minutes. Stir in remaining flour or just enough to make a stiff dough.
  5. Either turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until smooth and elastic, or; switch to dough hook and knead until smooth and elastic and cleans the sides of the bowl, about 5 to 8 minutes. I chose the dough hook method and and it really “was a piece of cake”.
  6. Place in greased bowl, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  7. Prepare 12 cup Bundt pan or 10 cup kugelhopf pan and set aside. Use your own cake release or spray on cake release.
  8. Punch down dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to an 8 X 15 inch rectangle.
  9. Spread evenly with poppyseed filling to within 1/2 inch of sides all the way around. Sprinkle evenly with raisins and orange zest. I think a bit more zest would really add to the overall flavor.
  10. Starting from the large side, roll up dough, jelly-roll style. Pinch seam together to seal. Place seam side down, in prepared pan, joining the open ends and pinching them together.
  11. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Heat oven to 325º.
  12. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake about 1 hour or until top is golden brown and an instant read thermometer registers 190º
  13. Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes on a wire rack.
  14. Loosen sides of cake from pan with a butter knife, if necessary, and invert onto a wire rack until completely cool, dust with confectioners sugar, to taste. This coffee cake practically fell out of the Bundt cake pan. I swear by the home made cake release, its solid gold.
Recipe Notes

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The poppy seed is mentioned in ancient medical texts from many civilizations. For instance, the Egyptian papyrus scroll named Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC, lists poppy seed as a sedative.  The Minoan civilization (approximately 2700 to 1450 BC), a Bronze Age civilization which arose on the island of Crete, cultivated poppies for their seed, and used a milk, opium and honey mixture to calm crying babies. The Sumerians are another civilization that are known to have grown poppy seeds.  Poppy seeds have long been used as a folk remedy to aid sleeping, promote fertility and wealth, and even to provide supposed magical powers of invisibility.

The seeds of some poppy types are not eaten, but they are cultivated for the flowers they produce. Annual and biennial poppies are considered a good choice to cultivate from seed as they are not difficult to propagate by this method, and can be put directly in the ground during January.  The California poppy, for example, is a striking orange wildflower that grows in the Western and Northwestern United States.  I remember vividly, the red poppy fields in “The Wizard of Oz”.

According to The Joy of Cooking, “the most desirable poppyseeds come from Holland and are a slate-blue color.”  The color of poppy seeds is important in some uses. When used as a thickener in some dishes, white poppy seeds are preferred, having less impact on the color of the food. In other dishes, black poppy seeds are preferred, for maximum impact.

Whole poppy seeds are widely used as a spice and decoration in and on top of many baked goods. In North America they are used in and on many food items such as poppy seed muffins, rusk, bagels (like the Montreal-style bagel), bialys, and cakes such as sponge cake. Across Europe, buns and soft white bread pastries are often sprinkled on top with black and white poppy seeds (for example Cozonac, Kalach Kolache and, Kołacz).

Fillings in pastries are sometimes made of finely ground poppy seeds mixed with butter or milk and sugar. The ground filling is used in poppy seed rolls and some croissants and may be flavored with lemon or orange zest, rum and vanilla with raisins, heavy cream, cinnamon, and chopped blanched almonds or walnuts added. For sweet baked goods, sometimes instead of sugar a tablespoon of jam, or other sweet binding agent, like syrup is substituted. The poppy seed for fillings are best when they are finely and freshly ground because this will make a big difference in the pastry filling’s texture and taste. Some recipes for Mohnstriezel use poppy seed soaked in water for two hours or boiled in milk. A recipe for Ukrainian poppyseed cake recommends preparing the seeds by immersing in boiling water, straining and soaking in milk overnight.

Poppy seed paste is available commercially, in cans, the only way to go in my opinion.  Poppy seeds are very high in oil, so commercial pastes normally contain sugar, water, and an emulsifier such as soy lecithin to keep the paste from separating.  In the United States, commercial pastes are marketed under brand names including Solo {as in my recipe} and American Almond. Per 30 gram serving, the American Almond poppy seed paste has 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, and 2 grams protein.  Using this poppyseed paste was so easy, I’ll never make it from scratch.

Poppyseeds are used in various cuisines, all over the world.  Poppyseeds are used as an ingredient, flavoring, thickening agent and beverages.

In Eastern European Jewish cuisine, pastries filled with black poppy seeds in a sugary paste are traditional during Purim, which occurs exactly one month before Passover and approximately a month before Easter. Traditional pastries include poppy seed kalács and hamantashen, both sometimes known as beigli (also spelled bejgli). Poppy seed hamantashen were the main traditional food eaten by Ashkenazi Jews at Purim until the filling was replaced by other fruit and nut fillings. Poppy seed pastries are common in Jewish bakeries and delicatessens throughout the United States.

In Indian cuisine white poppy seeds are added for thickness, texture and also give added flavor to the recipe. Commonly used in the preparation of korma, ground poppy seeds, along with coconut and other spices, are combined as a paste, to be added at the last stage of cooking. It is quite hard to grind them when raw, so they are normally toasted/broiled and water added when grinding to get the right consistency.

The seeds themselves do not contain significant amounts of opiates. But a poppy tea consumed in some areas and often referred to as doda has been controversial for containing ground opium poppy plant, especially the seed head, and contains significant levels of opiates.  Popular in some South Asian communities, doda is created by grinding dried poppy husks or poppy seeds into a fine powder and then ingesting the mix with hot water or tea. In Canada, doda is made from poppy plants brought in from Afghanistan and Arizona under the guise of legal purposes such as floral arrangements, but is sold illegally from some meat markets.

Poppy seeds are highly nutritious, and less allergenic than many other seeds and nuts. Allergy to poppy seeds is very rare, but has been reported and can cause anaphylaxis.

Sufferers of diverticulosis are advised by many physicians to avoid poppy seeds because of the risk of the seed hulls irritating the diverticula, resulting in full-blown diverticulitis, however there is some dispute over the risk.  My aunt developed diverticulitis and had to undergo surgery to remove a part of her colon after eating a poppyseed muffin.  As an aside, It is believed that poppy seeds are a potential source of anti-cancer drugs.

As a point of interest, you can sometimes register a false  positive drug test.  Although the drug opium is produced by “milking” latex from the unripe fruits (“seed pods”) rather than from the seeds, all parts of the plant can contain or carry the opium alkaloids, especially morphine and codeine. This means that eating foods (e.g., muffins) that contain poppy seeds can result in a false positive for opiates in a drug test.

Discovery Channel’s MythBusters series episode “Poppy Seed Drug Test” demonstrated that eating both poppy seed bread and poppy seed bagels resulted in both of the hosts testing positive for opiate use, 30 minutes later.

A fictional example of such a false positive test in popular culture was in the Seinfeld episode “The Shower Head”, where the character Elaine Benes was not allowed to visit Kalahari Bushmen with J. Peterman after testing positive for opium from the consumption of poppy seed muffins.  I remember this episode well.  It was hysterical.

The sale of poppy seeds from Papavernsomniferum is banned in Singapore because of the morphine content. Poppy seeds are also prohibited in Taiwan, primarily because of the risk that viable seeds will be sold and used to grow opium poppies.   China prohibits spice mixes made from poppyseed and poppyseed pods because of the traces of opiates in them, and has since at least 2005.   Despite its present use in Arab cuisine as a bread spice, poppy seeds are also banned in Saudi Arabia for various religious and drug control reasons.  In one extreme case in the United Arab Emirates, poppy seeds found on a traveler’s clothes led to imprisonment.

As poppy seeds can cause false positive results in drug tests, it is advised in airports in India not to carry such items to other countries, where this can result in punishments based on false positive results. Travelers to the United Arab Emirates are especially prone to difficulties and severe punishments.

In Singapore, poppy seeds are classified as “prohibited goods” by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).   ?

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