Foody Thursday – “Rushnychok” Ukrainian Poppy Seed Roll

This is my Mom's favorite treat, and today is her B-Day! It would be just a shame not to bake it for her. Happy Birthday, Mom!
"Rushnyk" or "Rushnychok" is essentially a towel, but a very special kind. It is only used for special occasions and rituals, embroidered and decorated, and is considered to be the safeguard for the family, being passed from generation to generation. It takes a tremendous amount of time and patience to make a Rushnyk. The special bread we are making today is called "Rushnychok" since it is decorated to resemble Rushnyk. Hope you enjoy it!

Poppy Seed Roll

I noticed for the most poppy seed containing pastries in Canada, poppy seeds are not prepared the right way, you just can't taste them and here is why.

To taste poppy seeds, the shell of the seed needs to be broken, so we boil them and then we mash them.

3 cups poppy seeds + water to cover, then boil for half an hour.

Boiling Poppy Seeds
Our grandma's used MAKOGIN, a wooden stick, to mash the poppy seeds and let me tell you, quite the process it was, taking tons of time and effort. We are quite lucky to have blenders that could cope with the job just fine.

We will be blending our boiled poppy seeds until they start turning white.

Then add:

1 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of honey
2 eggs (eggs will hold the filling together and it want fall out while you cut and eat the bread.

As an option you could add raisins. A friend of mine used to add cinnamon, but I think it overpowers the delicate taste of poppy.

Poppy Seed Filling
For the dough I am using this recipe, but you can use any kind of yeast based dough.
Spreading the filling
Roll out the dough into rectangular shape, spread the filling, a lot of it! And roll it up!
Roll it up!
Transfer the roll onto slightly greased cookie sheet and let it raise.
I had some dough left overs that would not work into any decent size roll, so I also made some little buns, they are called "Snails", I wonder why πŸ™‚ Buns are made same way as a roll, but instead of baking the whole thing, you cut the roll up and press each piece in the middle.
Ready to Bake
Preheat the oven to 180C. I usually turn the oven on and place the goodies on top for raising.
Baking Temperature
Once the rolls increase in size and start looking puffy, it is the time to decorate!

Apply the egg wash with a brush. Egg wash is just an egg mixed with a tablespoon of water, tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.
Then decorate with try poppy seeds and red crumbles (teaspoon of butter + 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup flour + drop of red food color – rub together till you get crumbles).

Decorating
Here is another way to decorate! And you are ready to bake! Each large roll would take about 30 minutes to bake. If you are baking them along with little rolls like me – be careful and take the babies out sooner or they will burn by the time the big guy is ready.
Type of decoration
And voila! Your lovely Rushnychok displayed on Rushnyk πŸ™‚
Rushnychok
And with a cup of coffee!
Bon Appetite!
oh, and don't forget the little guys!
Little Buns

Compliments of
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

Other Great Recipes:

Apple Puffs
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Quick Pickles
Chicken Cacciatore
Vatrushka
Orange Rice
"Parrot Tail" Cake
Galushki
Happy Mushroom Salad
Chicken A La Bacon
Crepes
Traditional Easter Bread – Paska
Honey-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Ukrainian Style Stir-Fry
Pizza Primavera
Vegetarian Borsch
Cream Puffs
Chocolate and Walnut Pastry "Alissa"
Busy Mommy's Caramel Tartlets
Kiwi Pastry
Spinach and Potato Casserole
Creamy Cheesecake
Swimmer's Choice Pasta Salad
Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread
Shepherd's Pie
Glazed Shortbread Cookies
3D Guitar Cake
Honey Oatmeal Cookies
Avocado and Smoked Salmon Terrine
Meatballs
Waldorf Chicken Salad
Booblik + Bonus Challah Bread
Chili
Cake "Mikado"
Halloween "Pumpkin" Salad
Poutine
Eggplant Rolls
Beef Stroganoff
Fish Kebabs
Apple Cranberry Pie
Raspberry Truffle Cake
Amazing Potato Bake a la Salina
Sushi
Chocolate Croissant
Traditional Russian Pie
Pierogi with Sour Cherries
Banana Bread
Dolma, or Grape Leaf Rolls
"Melting Moments" Cookies
Chicken Cutlets
Potato Pancakes!
Awesome Spinach Salad
MY SIGNATURE STEAK

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