Makówki – a vegan and simple version of the Polish Christmas dish. Makówki is a traditional Polish dish that cannot be missing on our Christmas table. The layered dessert is made from a delicious poppy seed mixture and sweet yeast rolls and is full of Christmas flavors. The recipe is part of my Polish Christmas menu and a vegan inspiration of our family recipe.
Our Polish Christmas menu
After the starter and main course follow – if there is still space and hunger 😉 – the dessert! And that brings us to the third and last part of my Polish Christmas menu. Here you get to the other two parts:
- The starter: vegan mushroom soup + insights into our Christmas traditions
- The main course: vegan pierogi with mushroom filling, caramelized onions and vegan “bacon” made from coconut chips
I have to admit: dessert often takes a backseat to us. Most of the time we are already happy and full after the main course, so the dessert is not served until later in the evening or on the following Christmas days. Often there are homemade cookies or a small “light” dessert on the Christmas table.
Nevertheless, my grandma prepares the traditional Polish Christmas dish every year . And we are incredibly grateful for that!
The dessert: Makówki
Makówki is a Polish Christmas dish made with poppy seeds. You can prepare them to taste with Christmas ingredients and spices. I chose cinnamon, chopped nuts and amaretto in this recipe. Dried fruits such as raisins or a dash of rum are also typical.
The poppy seed mixture is mixed or layered along with soft and sweet rolls (like milk or yeast rolls). The dessert is served in a glass bowl and decorated and sprinkled with nuts, coconut flakes or cinnamon sugar.
Prepare vegan Makówki – this is how it works
The dessert is easy to prepare vegan. Instead of using milk and butter, I prepared the poppy seed mixture with vegan milk and vegan margarine. As already written, I added cinnamon, chopped nuts and a dash of amaretto.
As an alternative to milk rolls, which are usually not vegan, I took homemade yeast rolls. For this I used the yeast dough from my cinnamon bun recipe. The sweet yeast dough is perfect for this.
Then layer the poppy seed mixture and yeast rolls alternately, starting and ending with the poppy seed mixture. The dessert can be served in dessert glasses or in a large glass bowl. Then put the dessert in the fridge overnight. Before serving, decorate with coconut flakes, homemade cookies, chopped nuts, cinnamon sugar or raisins as desired.
Wigilia – this is how our traditional Christmas Eve ends
In the first part I already gave you an insight into our traditions on Christmas Eve. It’s hard to believe that it will continue after dinner, right? In fact, my favorite tradition is waiting between eating and giving presents: singing.
We throw our age-old Christmas CD on, dig out the lyrics and sing a few Christmas carols. The nice thing about it is that people always laugh from the heart. Then it goes to the giving of the presents and at the end we all throw ourselves in comfortable clothes and have a nice evening together <3.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe series! Let me know in the comments :-).
Looking for more vegan lunch or dinner recipes? Try one of these…
- Vegan Lasagna
- Oven Baked Crepes with Spinach Feta Filling
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
- Lentil Pumpkin Curry with Naan bread
- Creamy Tomato Soup
- Pumpkin Soup with crispy chickpeas
- Pumpkin Curry
- Cauliflower Soup with vegan Bacon
- Pumpkin Lasagna with Spinach and Cashew Ricotta
- Lentil Stew
- Fettuccine Alfredo with Brussels Sprouts
- Carrot Ginger Soup
- Creamy Mushroom Soup
- Pierogi with mushroom filling
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- 500 ml vegan milk*
- 1/2 tbsp vegan butter
- 250 g poppy seed ground
- 4 EL agave syrup
- 2 cl amaretto*
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 75 g chopped nuts
- 100 g raisins optional
- coconut flakes for decoration
- 150 g yeast rolls*
- Bring the vegan milk and margarine to the boil in a saucepan. Then lower the temperature and stir in the poppy seeds. Add agave syrup, amaretto, cinnamon, nuts and raisins to taste and stir everything well.
- Simmer gently on a low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir it again and again so that nothing burns. Then season again as required or add other ingredients if necessary.
- Tear the yeast rolls into small pieces. Prepare dessert glasses or a glass bowl.
- Layer the poppy seed mixture and yeast bun pieces alternately. Start and end with the poppy seed mixture. Then place in the refrigerator overnight / for about 12 hours.
- Decorate with desiccated coconut before serving.
- I used 250 ml of almond milk and 250 ml of soy vanilla milk here.
- You can also use rum or, for an alcohol-free variant, a few drops of bitter almond flavor.
- I used homemade yeast rolls and used my recipe for yeast rolls as a basis. Alternatively, other soft, white rolls can be used. In the event that you are not following a vegan diet, milk rolls are also suitable.