Ingredients

Poppy Seed Filling

  • Poppy seeds - 130 grams (4.5 ounces)
  • Sugar - 50 grams (0.5 cup)
  • Milk - 330 grams (1.4 cups)
  • Cornstarch - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Butter - 15 grams (1 tablespoon)

Cottage Cheese Base

  • Rice flour - 60 grams (0.5 cup)
  • Cottage cheese - 800 grams (1.75 pounds)
  • Eggs - 4
  • Sugar - 50 grams (0.5 cup)
  • Vanillin - 1/5 teaspoon

For Topping

  • Egg yolk - for glazing

Equipment

  • Saucepan

    This will be your go-to for preparing the poppy seed filling. Make sure it’s medium-sized to avoid spills and ensure even cooking.

  • Blender

    You’ll need this to achieve a smooth and lump-free mixture for both your cottage cheese base and the poppy seed filling.

  • Baking Dish

    A 25 x 11 cm (9.8 x 4.3 inch) baking dish is perfect for this recipe. Lining it with parchment paper will make removing the pastry a breeze.

  • Parchment Paper

    Essential for easy removal and clean-up. Pro tip: Let the sides overhang for a convenient grab-and-lift.

Instructions

Step 1

Poppy Seed Filling Preparation

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the poppy seeds, milk, and sugar until most of the milk has evaporated.
Blend the cooked poppy seed mixture with butter and cornstarch until smooth.

Step 2

Cottage Cheese Base Preparation

Blend the cottage cheese until smooth, with no lumps.
Combine all the base ingredients and mix until you obtain a uniform mixture.

Step 3

Assembling and Baking

Line a 25 x 11 cm (9.8 x 4.3 inch) baking dish with parchment paper, allowing the sides to overhang for easy removal.
Spread 2/3 of the cottage cheese mixture into the dish, smoothing it out and creating small edges on the sides for the filling.
Add the poppy seed filling over the cottage cheese layer and level it out.
Top with the remaining cottage cheese mixture, smoothing out to 'seal' in the filling.
Glaze the top with egg yolk for a golden crust.
Bake at 180°C (356°F) for 1 hour.
Let the bake cool, then chill in the refrigerator for better setting.

Servings

Are you ready to serve up this delightful treat? Serve your **Poppy Seed Cheese Pastry** chilled from the fridge for the best experience. This will not only enhance the flavors but also improve the texture of both the filling and the base. 📅 For a delightful brunch, pair a slice of this pastry with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a hot herbal tea. The earthy notes of the tea will complement the nutty flavor of the poppy seeds, creating a well-rounded taste experience. 🌸 If you’re aiming for a more decadent experience, why not serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream? The creamy toppings add an extra layer of richness that kids and adults alike will adore. 🍨 Hosting a get-together? Transform this pastry into bite-sized delights by pre-slicing it into smaller portions and adding a sprig of mint or a dusting of powdered sugar for that extra wow factor. Your guests will be thanking you! 🎉

Variations

Want to make this delightful pastry gluten-free or vegan-friendly? No problem! 🌱 Gluten-Free Variation
Swap the rice flour with a gluten-free flour blend of your choice. Ensure it’s a 1:1 ratio replacement to maintain the consistency of your pastry. Vegan Variation
- Replace the cottage cheese with a vegan-friendly cottage cheese or use silken tofu as an alternative. - Substitute the eggs with a combination of flax seeds and water. Use 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water per egg. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken. - Instead of butter, use a plant-based margarine to blend the poppy seed filling. These variations ensure everyone can enjoy this delicious treat! 🌟

Faq

  • How do I know if my poppy seed filling is cooked enough?

    You'll know it's ready when most of the milk has evaporated, and the mixture has thickened. It should have a creamy yet slightly chunky texture before you blend it.

  • Can I use a different type of cheese for the base?

    If you don't have cottage cheese, you can use ricotta cheese as an alternative. Just make sure to blend it to get a smooth consistency before adding it to the mixture.

  • How can I ensure the top of my pastry turns out golden?

    Brushing the top with egg yolk will give it that beautiful golden crust. Make sure to cover the entire surface evenly for the best results.

  • Is there a way to speed up the cooling process?

    Yes, you can place the pastry in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes after it’s cooled down slightly. Just be careful not to freeze it too much.

  • How do I store leftover pastry?

    Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep well for up to 3-4 days.

  • Can I prepare any parts of this recipe in advance?

    Absolutely! You can prepare the poppy seed filling a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. The assembled but unbaked pastry can also be kept in the fridge for a few hours before baking.

Nutrition facts

Cottage Cheese & Poppy Seed Bake Delight
Recipe Yield:12 servings
Calories:Approximate range per serving
Calories (Min - Max):250 - 300
Total Fat:18g
Saturated Fat:10g
Protein:14g
Total Carbohydrate:20g
Total Sugars:10g