Poppy seed filling is amazing when rolled up in Quark-Öl Teig and topped with almond streusel! Try this simple yet delicious German coffee cake and imagine yourself at a café in Germany.
About this Recipe
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Hello from Germany! I finally made it back home after 22 months of not being able to see my family and it feels so good to finally be able to hug them again, eat Spaghetti Eis together and stroll through the city centers of Trier and Saarbrücken. It almost feels like I was never gone. I’ve really loved being able to eat all of the Brot, Brötchen, Teilchen and Kuchen from local bakeries. One of my absolute favorites is anything with a good Mohnfüllung, a German poppy seed filling. It’s juicy, it’s nutty, it’s perfect. You can buy larger quantities of poppy seeds online, which makes it a little cheaper than buying individual jars of poppy seeds in the store. The filling gets prepared a day in advance, so that the poppy seeds soak up the liquid in the filling and make it more of a paste. It’s best to grind the poppy seeds, which can be achieved with a good food processor, but whole poppy seeds will work as well. If using whole, I would cook the poppy seeds a bit longer to achieve a thicker paste before allowing it to cool down.
You will only need half of the filling for this recipe. You can freeze leftover filling for later use as well. I love making Mohnschnecken, using my favorite American cinnamon roll recipe and substituting the filling for this Mohnfüllung recipe. Make sure to give that a try! You would also make a Hefezopf with poppy seed filling.
If you have never tried Quark-Öl Teig, it should make it on your must try list! It’s such a simple, fool-proof dough that is prepared quickly and results in a fluffy, flavorful dough. The key is to use great quality ingredients like Wünder Creamery quark, which is a German-style quark made from grass-fed milk. You can buy large, plain tubs from Wünder as well, which ends up being more cost effective. What’s even more cost effective is to buy it locally. If your store doesn’t carry Wünder yet, make sure to submit a product request form via this link! The more of these Wünder Creamery receives, the more likely Wünder will arrive at your local store. If you can only buy online, use code ‘SOPHIE15’ at checkout for 15 percent off your quark order.
Are you a poppy seed fan? What are your favorite recipes with poppy seeds? Please leave me a comment on the bottom.
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Mohnkuchen mit Quark-Öl Teig: German Poppy Seed Cake
Poppy Seed Filling
- 1 egg for brushing on
Prepare the Poppy Seed Filling
- Combine milk, butter and sugar and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally, so the milk doesn't burn.
- Add the poppy seeds (best to use ground, so they're more absorbent, but whole work as well if you have the extra time to let them soak). Stir until combined and continue boiling until the mass has thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Once cooled, beat in the eggs and lemon peel. Transfer to the fridge to soak overnight. This is important as the poppy seeds need time to absorb the liquid. You can keep the filling in the fridge for a few days before using. You will only need to use half of the filling for the recipe. You could freeze the other half after soaking or use it to make poppy seed rolls or a second cake. The filling is also great in a braided yeast dough loaf.
Make the Quark-Öl Dough
- The main ingredients in Quark-Öl dough are quark and oil. Let's get started. Combine all ingredients and knead until you end up with a smooth dough, a few minutes. You can do this by hand or with the help of a mixer. You may need to add a bit more flour.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a rectangle shape the length of your loaf pan and the width of about 2/3 of the length. Add the rested poppy seed filling (you only need half of the filling for this recipe) and spread onto the rolled out dough. Now carefully roll up the cake.
- Prep a loaf pan with butter, then carefully transfer the filled and rolled up dough to the loaf pan.
Make the Streusel Topping
- Combine all ingredients (I just use my hands) until you get a crumbly dough. Whisk the egg and brush onto the top of the dough. Evenly distribute the streusel over the top.
Bake Your Mohnkuchen
- Preheat your oven to 200° C/390° F. Place the loaf pan on the middle rack and bake for about 45 minutes (cover with foil for the last 10 mins of baking, so the streusel doesn’t get too dark).
- Dust with powdered sugar before slicing and serving.
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