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Poppy Seed Filling in a bowl

Poppy Seeds Filling Recipe

This luscious poppy seed filling is made with ground poppy seeds and a rich, creamy custard. A European staple!
Course How To
Cuisine American, Russian
Keyword poppy seed filling, poppy seeds
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 139kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Grind the poppy seeds in a mill or coffee grinder.
    mixer with poppy seeds
  • Combine the milk, butter, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Turn the heat to low and stir the mixture often until the sugar dissolves.
    all the liquids in a pot
  • Slowly, whisk in the eggs and continue to stir the mixture until it begins to thicken (it should resemble the consistency of sweetened condensed milk). Note: If you let the mixture sit too long, the eggs will cook and begin to scramble.
    melted butter with sugar in a pot
  • Add the poppy seeds into the sauce pan and stir to combine. Remove the poppy seed filling from heat and allow it to cool at room temperature.
    Poppy seed filling ingredients in a pot
  • Once it's completely cooled, transfer the filling to an airtight container and store it for up to a week. Enjoy it spread on toast or added to your favorite baked goods!
    Poppy Seeds in a small bowl on a table


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg