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Poppy Seed Loaf

This is a white yeast bread with a sweet poppy seed filling.
Prep30 Mins
Cook40 Mins
Ready180 Mins
Servings24

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 egg white

Steps

  1. 1In a saucepan, heat together milk, sugar, shortening, and salt until warm.
  2. 2Combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast in a large mixing bowl. Stir in warm milk mixture. Add 3 eggs; beat with an electric mixer at low speed for 1/2 min, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat for 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in as much of remaining flour as you can. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining flour to make a stiff dough, and continue kneading for 6 to 8 minutes. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, and turn once to grease surface. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. 3Meanwhile, pour boiling water over poppy seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly, and place in a blender. Grind. In a small bowl, blend together ground poppy seeds, chopped nuts, honey, and lemon zest. Beat 1 egg white until stiff, and fold into poppy seed mixture.
  4. 4Punch down dough, and divide in half. Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough into 24 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread with half the poppy seed mixture. Roll up jelly roll style, starting with the narrow edge. Seal the edge. Place seam side down, in a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cover. Let rise for 30 to 45 minutes, or until doubled.
  5. 5Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
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