In my house, we love Makowiec so I decided to try this carrot version called Marchwiak (pronounced Mahr-veeahk).
Let me tell you how I came across it, as it isn't a family recipe. I was online looking for inspiration for what to do with the 20 lbs of carrots my husband recently bought. I've already made a massive dent in it with my Polish twist on a stuffed carrot cupcake and a few other recipes. This recipe I found on Milk and Pumpkin sounded interesting.
I used the recipe I had used 4 times before for the dough, which is a different version than the one Ewa from Milk and Pumpkin offers. But I'm sure both doughs are tasty.
I also was measuring out ingredients for the dough in the midst of dealing with my two daughters wanting snacks. So, I accidentally measured out too little butter for my own personal taste. I prefer 1 1/2 sticks of butter but instead used 3/4 of a stick.
The dough was delicious, just not as buttery as I like.
I also split the filling into two rolls since I added raisins and a tablespoon of butter to the filling. Next time, I will double the filling since my husband likes his rolls to have a more equal amount of filling to dough.
The children loved eating this and my father and husband both thought it was interesting and delicious enough to try again with the above modifications. I will be adding this to our family recipes quite happily.
Filling (per roll):
3/4 cup grated Carrots
1 handful Poppy Seeds
tablespoon of Butter
handful of Raisins, soaked in hot water or warmed rum for 10 minutes
1 Egg White
Dough (for two rolls):
1 .25 oz packet active dry Yeast
1/4 cup warm Water
3 cups all-purpose Flour, unbleached
2 cups whole wheat Flour
1-2 tablespoon wheat germ or milled flax seed *
1 1/2 sticks Butter
2 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Powdered or Regular Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons grated Lemon Peel, if you like
just enough milk to be able to drizzle
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Proof the yeast in the warm water and a teaspoon of sugar or flour for about 5 minutes. You can skip this step and just add to the dough if you like as well.
Combine ingredients for filling. Set aside.
Combine the two flours and wheat germ.
Cut the butter into the flour blend until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the salt and sugar.
Mix in the yeast, eggs, egg yolks, sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon rind.
Mix until it forms a ball of elastic dough, turn out onto a work surface and knead for 8-10 minutes (or use a stand mixer to knead for 5-8 minutes) until the dough is smooth and satiny.
Cut dough in half, roll each piece out into a rectangle, and smear with egg white (a tip from Milk and Pumpkin's recipe that I found to work well in helping to keep from having gaps between dough and filling. My Ciocia said was something she did as well on the phone Sunday).
Place on baking sheet.
Add filling, allowing about a half inch to inch border around so that the dough is easy to seal.
Roll dough, seal well, place in a warm place covered with a moist clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until the exterior is golden brown. Allow to cool. You can either serve as is or add a glaze.
Butter, Eggs, Egg Yolks, Sour Cream and all other ingredients should be at room temperature to help the yeast roll to rise better.
*I have returned to adding a tablespoon or two of either wheat germ or milled or whole flax seeds to all my dough recipes or to fillings.
The reasons are because of the many added health benefits: added fiber, protein, iron, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, Lignans, Alpha-linolenic acid (Omega-3 fatty acid).
Because the benefits are so many and it's so simple to add just a tiny bit and make a positive impact on our health, this Polish Mama would recommend this simple step to anyone.
While these ingredients may seem expensive, you only need to add a very small amount and the benefits will make a large impact on you and your children's health for a long time.
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Carrots in Cream Sauce
Cold Carrot Salad
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