Lemon Poppy Seed Roll

The weather is warming up and I am so excited for Spring. Aren’t you?

Around our house that means the birds are busy chirping, the squirrels are chasing each other up and down the tree trunks like crazy, and I am anxiously awaiting the herb garden to come back to life and the official season opening of our front porch.

It is an exciting time when the 3 season porch  can be used without a portable heater. It is an extension to the outside with it’s large windows that have the perfect view of the swaying trees. When you lay on the couch and look up at the sky you can hear the birds chirping about as it perfectly combines the comforts of home with the view of the outdoors.

It is a place where I escape to for a little relax time and happily set up office there to blog about my daily meanderings. There is a large folding table that is perfect for impromptu meals or long term projects that require a large work space. Great for those times where you can leave everything and take a break without packing it all up to make room for dinner.

On a warm day there are 2 screened windows that allow the breeze to gently make it’s way through the space. It makes for a pleasant experience as you sit back, kick up your feet and slowly sip a nice cup of coffee.

It is also a spot for the gathering of family and friends. It is the place to plan the day ahead,  gossip and catch up with your company while enjoying brunch, or a mid afternoon snack or even dine in the evening and escape the heat of the day. You can slide open the curtains and people watch while being  hidden by the greenery located by the front steps. I must say you overhear some interesting tidbits of conversation as people are walking on by.


Sometimes the most intriguing conversations can be found on the porch during an afternoon chat with a friend to catch up on things. Even better is a nice snack with coffee.

Poppy seed and lemon are a true match and nothing is more important than sharing it with a good friend who takes the chance of having a few rogue seeds in her smile. Any good friend will roll the etiquette dice just to enjoy a slice of spring with you and tell you before you head out to check the mirror first.

Wishing you a happy Spring to come and many laughs on the porch.


Lemon Poppy Seed Roll

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: 18 servings

Lemon Poppy Seed Roll

Lemon and poppy seed are a personal favourite classic combination.


    Lemon Poppy Seed Roll
  • 1 1/2 cups poppy seeds, ground
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cups hot milk
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 6-8 Tbsp water


  1. In a sauce pan, heat the milk until hot, but not scalded.
  2. Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, mix ground poppy seeds, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp melted butter, 1/2 of the lemon juice and zest along with the hot milk until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. In a small bowl pour the warm water and 2 Tbsp of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over it and allow to sit for approximately 10 minutes until it become creamy.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut 1/4 cup chilled butter into the flour until it resembles course crumbs. Separate the egg. Add the egg yolk and yeast mixture to the flour mixture and stir until it forms a soft dough.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a lightly floured surface until smooth and springy for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Cut the dough into 2 equal pieces and roll out into a rectangular shape about 10X 14 inches. Spread 1/2 the poppy seed mixture onto each rolled dough section leaving a border of about an inch in width. Fold the 1 inch border over and inwards.
  8. On the short end of the rectangle roll the dough into a log shape for each of the rectangles. You will have 2 separate jelly roll like shapes. Place each roll on the prepared baking sheets with the seam down. Allow to rise in a warm place until double in size for about an hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the egg white and brush the top of each roll with it. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown on the top. Remove from oven an cover with a clean towel until completely cool.
  10. In a small bowl combine the remaining lemon juice and zest with the icing sugar and water. Stir and spread over the cooled lemon poppy seed rolls. Let set and serve.
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  • I can hardly wait to try your recipe for Lemon Poppyseed Roll. It reminds me so much of a pastry that a childhood friend’s Mom would make for us when I visited her. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    • Isn’t it wonderful how food can bring back such memories? Once we taste them again our mind can be instantly transported back through time to a special moment. Food memories are very unique. Enjoy!

  • Jessica says:

    I’m so excited for spring and your porch sounds amazing. We have a tiny balcony, but it pretty much houses my potted plants (no room for sitting). Your photos caught my eye because they look just like the poppy seed rolls that were made at a bakery I worked at one summer during university. They were so addicting that I would buy one at the end of each work week. Now that the weather is warming up, I’m definitely bookmarking this to make later this weekend.

    • Spring is one of my favourite seasons and the opening of the porch makes it that much more special. I am glad hear that you have the space to add some extra greenery that brightens your view.
      I must agree with you that the poppy seed rolls are addicting. There is a small town bakery on the drive to my Mom and Dad’s house that we make a point of stopping in at just to pick up their poppy seed rolls. They are a magical and a special treat that I had to try an recreate at home.
      Happy baking and let me know how yours turns out.

  • I need to make this (pinning)- my husband loves poppy seed anything! And I would love to have your porch 🙂

  • Bernice says:

    I love that you shared this today! In my post I was wishing so much that I knew more about my Hungarian side and the only Hungarian dish I remember my grandma making was poppy seed roll. I’ve made it my mission to learn more about that side of the family and this Poppy Seed Roll was a nice reminder. It looks delicious, by the way!

    • Wow what timing! Nice to hear you are exploring some family culinary history. It is so important to keep that part of our culture current. I love older dishes and trying to make them relevant to today.
      My Grandmother on my Mom’s side was a really good baker. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to record any of her recipes. I have attempted to make versions of them over the years.
      Glad you have found my recipe and happy baking!

  • I cannot wait for spring to come and use our backyard. Id love to have a porch, yours sounds so nice! I love your lemon poppy seed roll! Never had it, would like to!

    • It is relatively easy to make and is great enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or tea at any location.
      Although the snow is pretty much melted away, I have not yet seen any greenery come up in my herb garden which is disappointing. I am anxious to get out there and mull around a bit.

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