Sunday, April 12, 2009

Poppy Seed Roll-Makowiec

Makes 2 rolls:

* 1 package active dry yeast
* 2 cups warm milk
* 8 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 5 eggs
* 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, melted
* 2 (11-ounce) cans poppyseed filling (or make your own, see below)

* 1 pound poppyseeds
* 1 cup sugar
* 6 ounces butter (1 1/2 sticks)
* 1 cup hot milk
* 1 lemon rind, grated


1. If making your own filling, combine all filling ingredients. Beat well and set aside.

2. In a small heatproof bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm milk.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and eggs. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups warm milk, butter and yeast mixture. With the paddle attachment, or by hand, beat until smooth. Dough will be sticky at this point.

4. Scrape dough into a clean, greased bowl. Sprinkle the top with a little flour and cover. Let stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in size, or follow this Quick Tip to cut the rise time.

5. Punch down dough and turn out onto a floured surface. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a rectangle.

6. Spread 1 can or half of the filling you made on each rectangle of dough and roll up like a jelly roll. Turn ends under so filling will not leak out.

7. Place on a parchment-lined or greased pan, cover and let rise again until double in size.

8. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush tops of rolls with additional melted butter. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.

9. Remove from oven and cool. Dust rolls with confectioner's sugar, if desired.

Coconut Fudge Cheesecake

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup canned cream of coconut (such as Coco López)*
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 large eggs

5 tablespoons whipping cream
5 tablespoons light corn syrup
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)
3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap foil around outside of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Blend all ingredients in processor until nuts are finely ground and crumbs stick together. Press crust mixture over bottom and 2 inches up sides of prepared pan. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Cool. Maintain oven temperature.

For filling:

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract in large bowl to blend. Beat in cream of coconut, shredded coconut and flour. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until just combined. Pour filling into crust. Bake until top is brown and center is almost set, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Cover and chill overnight.

For topping:

Bring cream and syrup to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips; whisk until smooth. Cool to just lukewarm. Pour topping over cake. Sprinkle edge with almonds and coconut. Chill until topping is set, about 2 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead; cover and refrigerate.)