Poppy seeds are very well known around the world. What about mashed poppy seed? Have you ever tried or even heard it? I made these tasty rolls with mashed poppy seed. It is common in a few cities in Turkey and I’m not sure if it’s produced anywhere else in the world. It is used in bread making and we love its oily flavor in breads! This Poppy Seed Bread is one of our favorites! These rolls are not a typical kind of Turkish pastry, they just came out of an experiment when I had some leftover dough after making this Cheese Tart with Egg. We loved them so much that we’ve made several times since then.
Mashed poppy seed is an ingredient that is so much like tahini since the oil of the seeds is revealed when mashed and has a delicous nutty flavor. You can’t use mashed poppy seed alone as it’s too thick to handle, so mix it with olive oil and arrange it to the right consistency. It’s easier to spread on dough this way.
You can make this dough in the form of a bigger loaf, but I want to make bite size snacks from it. We love to snack on these! It’s better to serve them with tea too! The crispy layers of these rolls are so crispy, which will make you become easily addicted to these! Believe me these go really fast!
I’m inspired by the idea of cinnamon rolls when making these poppy seed rolls, but they are not sweet. These are savory rolls, so you can enjoy them with soups too!
If you love the nutty and oily flavor of poppy seeds, you should give these rolls a try! I think you can find this special ingredient at middle east market sor online. If you can’t find it, you can make a similar one yourself by following the instructions in this Mom’s Poppy Seed Roulade (Roulette) Recipe.