Contributed by Ania Walsh and Irena Rudzinska

Makówki is a poppy seed-based dessert that’s like a bread pudding. It consists of pieces of bread layered in a large glass bowl with a mixture of finely ground poppy seeds cooked with honey, dried fruit and nuts.



 2 cups poppy seeds
4 large rolls or a baguette
1 litre of milk
½ cup honey
3 tbsp of butter
½ cup raisins
¼ cup almonds (chopped)
¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
¼ cup prunes (chopped)
¼ cup almond (flakes)


Prepare a day before.

Finely grind poppy seeds (preferably with a non-electric hand mill).

In a large pot over medium heat, bring the milk and butter almost to a boil.

While constantly stirring with a wooden spoon, add honey, raisins, prunes, walnuts and almonds

Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat off and add the ground poppy seeds, stir and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes (until thickened).

In a large glass bowl alternate layer of, the poppy seed mixture and the bread slices, starting with a ladle of the poppy seed mixture and ending with poppy seed mixture.

Cover the top with almond slices.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.