Lemon Cake with Poppy Seeds


Here’s another cake that I make over and over again at home, and it keeps being one of the favorites for my family members, just like the Orange Cake I’ve written about previously. The cake keeps moist (thanks to lemon syrup) with clear yellow presence of lemon zest and crunchy touch of poppy seeds. Personally, for me, this is the absolute “apogee” of home bakery – light, tasty, unpresumptuous and very simple to make. Sort-of the ultimate answer to a question like “What do you have for tee?”. The best part is that, probably, most of the ingredients could easily be found at almost any kitchen.

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The inspiration for this recipe is coming from a book about baking bread. Still, I dare to claim that this one is a cake and not a bread. I have modified the technique around beating the bread with the sugar for the dough (instead of mixing, as suggested in the original recipe). This cake can be baked either in English-cake form, or in a form for baking muffins, in addition to the round form as shown in the photo above.

Ingredients:

(For a round form of 22 cms in diameter, like the one in the photo, or for a deep English-cake form):
Dough:
3 tbsp. poppy seeds
1/2 glass of milk
75 gr. butter (at room temperature)
1 glass of sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Zest from 2 lemons
1/4 tsp. salt

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Orange Cake with Poppy Seeds


This cake could either be called a “Orange Cake with Poppy Seeds” or, alternatively, a “Poppy Seeds Cake with Oranges”. Both of the ingredients (we will be using a combination of orange jam, zest and juice) are equally prominent in this lovely cake, complement each other and equally contribute to the eventual result. I saw an original idea in ideasfordinner blog, but then I almost forgot about it. One day I had a craving for something just like this, and, gladly, I managed to find the recipe and make it. The cake turns out being very soft and moist – extremely pleasant. In our family it was eaten in less than two days. I will present the recipe I’ve modified and cooked. The original one can be seen here.

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp. orange jam
150 gr. sour cream
3 eggs
150 gr. sugar
200 gr. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
175 gr. butter (at room temperature)
Zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp. poppy seeds

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Buns with Fried Onions and Poppy Seeds


What I like about these buns is the very unusual combination of ingredients – I haven’t seen any use of poppy seeds in non-sweet bakery before (except for some basic bread recipes). I have to confess that I simply love the sensation created by the poppy seeds when eating these buns – the crunchy sense and sound. In this recipe, the dough is a bit unusual as well, slightly resembling that of a pancake.

So, the result is somewhat related to both pancakes and muffins with a sweetish crispy filling. Very very nice 🙂

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Ingredients:

(For a baking form of 12 muffins)

Filling:

30 gr. butter
3 small or medium-sized onions (can be red/purple)
1/4 glass poppy seeds (whole or crushed)

Dough:

210 gr. flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mustard powder
300 ml. milk or sour milk
3 eggs
1 tsp salt

Oil for spraying the baking form

Process:

Clean the onions, cut them first into halves and then further into thin half-rings. Fry them “on” oil in the frying pan, till the point when they become transparent. Very important to stop at this point, as the onions will continue their preparation in the oven.

Mix all the ingredients for the dough into a smooth mixture and leave for 10 minutes – the dough turns liquid.

Preheat the oven to oven to 210C and warm the muffin-shaped baking form inside. Spray oil on the baking form very generously. Fill each muffin-shape in the form with the dough – one way of doing it is with a ladle, spreading on top a spoonful of onion and a teaspoon of poppy seeds. Bake for 30 minutes. During the baking, some of the onion and poppy seeks will sink into the dough, and the dough itself will “rise” almost doubling its original size.

The buns are best served when they are still warm, straight of the oven!

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