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Prep Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total: 1 hours, 35 minutes

Servings: 50

Cost: $1.01 /serving


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Step 1

Rinse the poppy seeds under cold water in a fine mesh colander; transfer to a medium saucepan with 3 cups of cold water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Remove from the heat and let sit in the saucepan, covered, for 30 minutes at room temperature. Repeat – return the mixture to a simmer, remove from the heat and let sit for another 30 minutes at room temperature, covered.

Step 2

Drain poppy seeds thoroughly, using a fine mesh colander or couple layers of cheesecloth. Squeezing as much of the water as possible.

Step 3

Place the poppy seeds in a food grinder (either coffee grinder or food processor – with grinder option turned on) and grind.

Step 4

Mix in 8-10 oz. (I used about 10 oz.) sweetened condensed milk into the ground poppy seeds and mix well; refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 5

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and granulated sugar with a hand held mixer on medium speed. Beat in lemon zest, vanilla, and salt. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until combined.

Step 6

Divide the dough into four portions and wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 7

On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough at a time into a 9-inch circle. Spread 1/4 cup of the poppy seed filling over circle, leaving 1/2-inch uncovered edge.

Step 8

With a sharp knife, cut circle into 12 wedges. Starting at the wide end of each wedge, roll up toward the center. Place each pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet 1-inch apart; cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 10

In a small bowl, whisk the egg with milk. Brush each pastry with egg wash. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Step 11

Sift powdered sugar over the pastries and serve.