Makiełki (Christmas Noodles with Poppyseed)

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Makiełki (Christmas Noodles with Poppyseed)

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Ingredients

2/3 cup / 100 g / 4 oz raisins
7 oz / 200 g raw poppy seeds
1 cup / 250 ml Water
3 tbs honey
Pinch Salt
2 tbs Butter
1 cup / 100 g / 4 oz walnuts chopped
Dumplings:
1.5 cups / 200 g all purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 -2/3 cup (100-150ml) warm water
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Ingredients

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This dish is basically the poppy-seed cake filling mixed with homemade noodles or pasta. It is sweet, full of calories, and absolutely delicious. It can be served hot or cold, depending on one’s preference. Today, according to tradition, the more poppies you eat on Christmas Eve, the more money you will have in the coming year.

How to Make Kluski Z Makiem:

  1. Place the raisins in a container and cover with warm water. Set aside to soak.
  2. Place the poppy seeds in a medium boiling pot and add enough warm water to cover. Set aside to soak for about 10 mins, then boil for 20-25 mins.
  3. Add a bit more water if they get dry, enough to cover. After 25 mins drain well.
  4. Fill a medium-large pot with water, add a tsp of salt and a splash of oil, and bring to the boil.
  5. In the mean time, make the dumplings by combining all the ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand up mixer and mix with the hook attachment. If you are working by hand, mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  6. When combined, transfer onto a clean, floured surface (preferably a large cutting board), and knead until smooth.
  7. Roll out with a rolling pin and cut into strips (a pizza cutter works great!) and then diagonally (see photo above).
  8. Sprinkle the dumplings with flour and use a knife to lift them off of the surface, so they do not stick together (see photo above).
  9. When the water is boiling, slide them off your cutting board into the pot and IMMEDIATELY stir gently, we don’t want them clumping together. Turn the heat down and let simmer until the dumplings float to the top. Drain and set aside to cool.
  10. Now, we will work on the poppy seeds. Once they cool slightly, you will have to put them through a meat grinder with the fine grinding plate – TWICE.
  11. Once you’ve done that, place the ground poppy seeds in a medium pot, add water (1 cup / 250 ml), honey, a pinch of salt, and the water from the soaking raisins.
  12. Simmer on low until the water evaporates. Finally, add the butter and stir to melt and incorporate.
  13. Transfer the poppy seed mixture to a large bowl, add the raisins, walnuts, and dumplings.
  14. Mix to combine.
  15. The dish can be served cold or warm.

 

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