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!
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.
We will be blending our boiled poppy seeds until they start turning white.
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.
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 🙂 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.
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).
Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty
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