Makovnjača (Poppy Seed Roll)

Makovnjača is a traditional Croatian pastry made with poppy seeds, walnuts, and raisins. It is typically served for breakfast or dessert, and can be made with either sweet or savory fillings. This recipe uses a sweet filling made with sugar, butter, and eggs, but feel free to experiment with different flavors.


  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts


  1. In a large pot, bring the milk, sugar, and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
  4. Fold in the poppy seeds, raisins, and walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Potential changes & improvements:

There are many ways you can change up this recipe to suit your personal preferences. For a less sweet version, you can reduce the amount of sugar in the filling. You could also experiment with different types of nuts or dried fruits. If you want a vegan version, you can use a plant-based milk and margarine in place of the dairy milk and butter.

Works Well With…

Makovnjača goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. It can also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Common Mistakes:

One common mistake is to overcook the pastry, which will make it dry and crumbly. Be sure to check the makovnjača early and often, and take it out of the oven as soon as it is cooked through. Another mistake is to use too much filling, which can make the pastry difficult to roll.

Nutritional Information:

This recipe makes 12 servings. Each serving contains approximately 250 calories, 11 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of protein.


This recipe contains milk, eggs, wheat, and nuts.

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