Sadly, I grew up in a country with no real poppy seed tradition, and the only traditional poppy seed pastry contained a relatively disgusting poppy seed mix. Also, as a kid, the sight of that dark and unfamiliar filling inside my favourite shortbread-like filled cookie didn’t really help. So I gave poppy seeds up for almost 30 years! How sad! Luckily, my mom’s cheese cakes and vanilla roulades made up for it and I didn’t feel deprived, haha.
I re-discovered the poppy seeds and the great flavour, scent and crunchy texture they add to pastries and desserts, when I first visited Hungary, and ever since I’m trying to get more and more of it every time I visit. I’m Looking forward to the next visit, so I can try some more local poppy seed delicacies. In the meantime, I’m trying every recipe I find in order to make up for the lost years. Click here to read up this recipe!