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December 23, 2008

Poppy seed Hungarian Beigli Pour finir le repas de fête et pour finir l’année…

A little treat that will be on our table tomorrow night. The traditional Hungarian Christmas dessert : Beigli.

Filled with poppy seed or ground walnuts, this dessert is one of my favorite. It can be prepared one or two days ahead and stored in a tea towel until Christmas diner.

I also take this occasion to wish you all a good time with family and friends for this Christmas and New year’s eve !

Poppy seed Hungarian Beigli

Poppy Seeds Beigli – Makos Beigli 

Makes 1 Beigli


250gr flour
100gr unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
25gr caster sugar
60ml lukewarm milk
3gr instant dry yeast
1 pinch of salt
Lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla sugar


150ml milk
200gr ground poppy seeds
30gr caster sugar
2 tbsp honey
Proof instant dry yeast in lukewarm milk and a teaspoon of sugar //  In a large bowl mix flour and proofed yeast+milk  // Add egg, sugar, vanilla sugar, butter, salt and lemon zest // Knead quickly the dough until smooth and roll it in a cylinder shape // Cover the dough with a clean and dry tea towel and let it rest for half an hour on the countertop // In a large bowl mix ground poppy seeds, milk, sugar and honey // Preheat oven to 200°C // Roll down the dough on a slightly floured surface and spread all over the poppy seeds mixture  // Roll the dough on itself and place in a large glass dish or on a oven tray covered with baking paper // Brush the beigli with egg yolk and bake for 20-25 minutes // Remove from the oven and directly sprinkle water on the beigli. Place on a cooling tray and cover the beigli with a clean and dry tea towel.

Makos Beigli Printable Recipe

Beigli aux Graines de Pavot Recette Imprimable

This post has also been submitted as an entry to Sweet NZ, hosted this month by Bron Marshall.


Beautiful! That’s a delicacy I love! Happy Holidays/Joyeuses Fêtes! Cheers, Rosa Rosa

We call this “Cosonac” in Romanian. Whatever the name,it’s amazingly wonderful! I can never make it as good as my mom and grandma, however……… Happy Holidays! Mona

Beautiful! Merry Christmas Vanille & Paprika, you guys take care. xxx Bron bron

Merry Christmas! mycookinghut

Merry Christmas Vanille, hope you had a wonderful day! That looks wonderful, deliciously different! Nicisme

Tiens! C’est la version hongroise de la buche de Noel? Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener

My family (Hungarian) makes something that looks identical, but we call it Kalács. Yum! Beatrice

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Makowiec in Poland. We use honey, nuts ad dried fruit in poppy seeds filling. The best cake for Christmas. Merry Christmas! przytulanka

This looks like a gorgeous dessert! I love poppy seeds in sweet things. Joanne

What a wonderful loaf, I love bakes with poppyseeds. Happy holidays. Lien

Looks utterly gorgeous. Wishing you a very happy new year xo Couscous & Consciousness

Love to have this recipe! However this is the very first time that I read to sprinkle water on the beigli when they come out of the oven! Why is this necessary? Sylvia simko

Sylvia, it helps to keep soft the beigli. Vanille