Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sundays with Marlena Spieler-Russian Poppy Seed Cake

I don't bake. It's too precise for me. I like to just "throw stuff in" if I feel like it.
One and 1/2 cups of poppy seeds!
I screwed up right away..poppy seeds were supposed to go in "folded in".
The cake sort of fell a bit in the middle...but I just put some whipped cream in there.
It was seriously delicious. My husband and in-laws were "popperly" impressed...and shocked. I found this link and photos of poppy seed cake...but can't read it. I think my cake looks darker because I failed to fold the seeds in. Some recipes request that one puts the seeds in milk and heat them up together. hmmmmmm. I read that Esther (Old Testament) fasted using poppy seeds and that poppy seeds have been used in cakes for ages...literally.

This cake is traditionally called Mohn Torte.

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

1 cup self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup superfine sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups poppy seeds
1 and 1/2 TBS grated lemon rind
1/2 cup half n half (or milk)
1/2 cup melted but cooled unsalted butter
2 TBS veggie oil
1 tsp of powdered sugar for dusting the cake ( I used a loose leaf tea holder to sift it thru)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2. Sift together the salt, flour, and salt (I forgot to do this)
3. Use a electric mixer to blend together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla..about 4 minutes.
4. Now fold in the poppy seeds and lemon rind...stir gently.
5. I then slowly added the sifted ingredients into the wet ones...alternating the half n half and veggie oil as the beater was on slow. Then fold in the melted butter to that mixture.
6. Pour it into a 9 " round tin and bake for 40 minutes or until firm....I stuck a toothpick in and it came out clean so figured it was done. Let it sit on a rack and firm up a bit more. You can invert it onto a nice plate and then dust with powdered sugar... I used one of the cake pans where the bottom comes out....don't know what they are called. Hey...I really don't bake.

This poppy seed cake is best served with tea....and I'd add some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream...or both!

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Eileen said...

That looks great! Hope I get to try some : )

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TaraDharma said...

oh, I am for sure going to try this...I love poppy seed baked goods. When I make it, I'll blog it!

margaret said...

I love this cake - it is one of the best things in the book.

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

We all loved it too...but I was flossing poppy seeds out of my teeth for a bit after.

Ra said...

looks yummy.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Yum! I love poppy seed baked anything. And that looks like a LOT of poppy seeds! Nobody's passing any drug test after eating THAT delicious stuff!