Makówki - poppy seed Silesian Christmas desert...

"Makówki is a traditional poppy seed-based dessert, most notably in Silesia where it is served almost exclusively on Christmas Eve (and perhaps on the following days, as long as the supply prepared for Christmas lasts). The main ingredient are: sweet white bread and finely ground poppy seeds boiled in milk with butter. Other important ingredients include: dried fruit (figs, raisins, apricots, dates, etc.) almonds and other kinds of nuts (the choice of nuts and dried fruit varies). It is flavoured with sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. The bread is cut into thin slices and layered in a clay pot or more often into a glass or crystal bowl. After each layer, the sauce of the boiled poppy seeds, with flavouring and nuts, is poured so that the bread is well soaked. The top is decorated with some extra nuts and fruit. The dish is served cold, at least several hours after preparation." - by

Enough of facts and details. I remember this traditional Christmas dessert since... I can remember. We usually used cha?ka to make those (a kind of sweet bead, something like French brioche). We had a lots of poppy seed usually left from making 'makowiec' - another traditional Polish cake. Makówki is typical Silesian dessert, so don't be surprised if a Polish man/woman never heard of it ;) I used to make makówki - as it's dead simple and perfect for a child cooking :) Just a layer of sweet bread, cover with hot milk and spread a layer of poppy seed with dates, and again with the layers until you run out of them :) Chill in the fridge, take the spoon out and enjoy! Oh, I miss those little things when away from home, home country... especially during Christmas time...

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