German Poppy Seed Roll – Oma's Mohnrolle 

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by: Gerhild Fulson  /  Cookbook Author, Blogger, German Oma!

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My poppy seed roll, aka Mohnrolle, is so easy to make. Use your bread machine to whip up the dough. (No bread machine? Click here for the instructions and then follow the recipe below.

Then, prepare the filling (or use canned poppy seed filling), roll it all together, and bake! Let cool slightly and eat fresh! WUNDERBAR! Yes, that easy!

Bread machine, Oma? Yes!!!! Oma loves easy German food recipes! 

Oma's poppy seed roll!

And this is one easy poppy seed cake recipe! You see, yeast recipes don't have to be complicated.

Oma's Poppy Seed Braid

Here, my granddaughter, Lydia, helped me make this easy poppy seed braid. Well, not a real braid. Sort of a beginner version of it. 

Here are some steps showing how to make the poppy seed roll
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangle.
  • Put the filling down the middle third.
  • Cut the sides and fold over as shown above.
  • Place on baking sheet. Bake as in recipe above.
  • Drizzle with a lemon icing. (Mix powdered sugar with a bit of lemon juice).

So yummy for our afternoon kaffeeklatsch with the family.

This method of making the 'easy braid' was something I learned as a teenager at my Mutti's side. I'd put all sorts of fillings in the middle, but poppy seed was (and remains) my favorite.

Does yeast dough scare you? Give it a try!

I know the recipe looks long and complicated, but it really isn't.

  • Make the yeast dough. Either use your bread machine like I do below or make it by hand the way I do here.
  • While it is resting, make your filling and let it cool down.
  • Roll out the dough.
  • Put the filling on it.
  • Roll it up.
  • Rest it.
  • Bake it.
  • Eat it.
  •  :)

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This would be great to be included in your holiday baking recipes.

Like all yeast cakes, this one does taste better fresh. So plan to use it the same day. However, since the filling is a bit moist, it will help keep the cake moist for a day or so. 

You can freeze it, if you wish, and then thaw to serve (a bit of a reheat would be nice.)

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German Poppy Seed Roll – Oma's Mohnrolle

My poppy seed roll, aka Mohnrolle, is so easy to make. Use your bread machine to whip up the dough. Then, prepare the filling (or use canned), roll it all together, and bake! Let cool slightly and eat fresh! WUNDERBAR! Yes, that easy! 

Prep Time

120 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

3 hours


Makes 16 servings


Yeast Dough:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2¼ cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅞ cup milk, lukewarm
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Poppyseed Filling: (or use prepared canned filling)

  • 2 cups ground poppy seeds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • rum to soak raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, to brush on rolls


  1. Put all the yeast dough ingredients in the Bread Machine pan.
  2. Use the "dough" setting and start. This usually takes about 1½ hours.
  3. In the meantime, if you are using raisins, put them into a small bowl and sprinkle with rum. 
  4. Prepare your cookie sheet by greasing it with butter.
  5. Make the poppy seed filling by mixing together the poppy seeds, sugar, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour in a small saucepan. Add milk and stir. Bring to simmer and simmer for about ½ hour until thickened, stirring occasionally. Let cool before using. 
  6. When the dough cycle is finished, remove the dough. Put a bit of flour on the counter and knead the dough slightly. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one half until it makes a rectangle about 10x10-inch. Do this by patting the dough, pulling it, and then using a rolling pin. Keep lifting the dough from the counter to make sure it doesn't stick. Try to use as little extra flour as possible. 
  7. Drain the raisins, and add them to the poppy seed filling.
  8. Spread half the poppyseed filling over the surface of the dough, keeping about 1-inch from the edges.
  9. Roll up, jelly-roll style. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat with other half of the dough.
  10. Cover rolls and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  12. Gently brush rolls with melted butter. Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Let cool on cookie sheet. Brush with additional melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
  14. Serve slightly warm.


  • If you want to make the yeast dough by hand instead of using a bread machine, you can follow the recipe here.
  • Instead of making the poppy seed filling from scratch, replace it with a can of prepared poppy seed filling. Find a brand that you like. There are several to choose from, some with raisins, some with nuts, some plain. 

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Oma's poppy seed roll is so easy to make. Use your bread machine to whip up the dough, mix the filling, roll it all together, bake, and ENJOY! Yes, that easy!

Ingredients: sugar, all purpose flour, salt, milk, egg yolk, butter, yeast, poppy seeds, lemon, raisins, rum,

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