Christmas Recipes: Mákos Guba

1 comment Posted by: Roberta Gyori

(Bread Pudding with Poppy Seeds)

The holiday season is upon us and I’m happy to share a favorite Hungarian Christmas recipe, 'prepared' for us by Chefparade Cooking School.

Ingredients for four

8-10 kifli (kifli is a crescent-shaped pastry, but you can use any type of roll or bread)
1/2 l milk (about 2 cups)
3 tablespoons of butter
200 g of ground poppy-seed (about 1 1/2 cup)
6 tablespoons of sugar 
3-4 tablespoons of honey
1 vanilla-sugar
zest of one lemon


Dissolve vanilla sugar, 2 tablespoons of honey and half of the butter in warm milk. Cut the ‘kifli’ into rolls and put them in a large baking pan. Heat the oven to 170 C / 350 F and bake the rolls for 8-10 minutes. Pour the sweet milk on the baked ‘kifli’ rolls in a bowl. Mix the ground poppy-seed, sugar and lemon zest together and sprinkle the mixture over the rolls. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 400 F. Brush the baking pan with the rest of the butter and fill it with the poppy-kifli mix. Make as many layers in the pan as you can. Bake it for 20-25 minutes or until the top turns partially brownish. Serve it warm with some extra honey on the top.

Additional option

Vanilla custard to pour over the rolls:
700 ml of milk (about 3 cups)
2 vanilla sugar
4 egg yolks
50 g sugar (1/4 cup)
3-4 tbsp flour


Heat the milk in a sauce pan. Mix the sugar, egg yolks and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Add the flour spoon by spoon. Add 6 tablespoons of warm milk to it and stir. Then pour the mixture back into the hot milk and stir frequently. Cook over low heat until sauce starts to thicken but DO NOT let it boil.

Try this recipe at home or, if you are visiting Hungary, join one of Chefparade’s fun cooking classes to learn how to make mákos guba. Enjoy and bon appétit! (Jó étvágyat!)

You may also like Chefparade’s other recipe prepared for us: Sour Cherry Soup

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  1. Lizzy (Good Things - Australia) opines:

    I love poppy seeds! This Makos Guba sounds wonderful. Edes anyukam would have loved it too.

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