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Polish cuisine is a product of long history and comes in variety of dishes, tastes and flavors. Different regions have contributed their own specialities of Polish food. And not just regions. Throughout centuries Poland has been home to many guests of other nations. This is why French, Italian, German, Ukrainian, Jewish and even Oriental influences are present in Polish cooking. And modern cooks keep adding their own ideas.

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Makowiec - Poppy Seed Cake

Makowiec is one of the most important, typical and tasty Polish cakes.

In this cake poppy seeds are placed in between layers of dough which gives makowiec its characteristic looks. While poppy seeds are the most important ingredient, reflected in the cake's name (“mak” means poppy in Polish), several other ingredients determine the cake’s character too. Raisins, almonds, honey (contained in the dough), orange peel and sometimes walnuts contribute to makowiec's tastiness. Ideally makowiec should not be too sweet.

Poppy seed flavor combiend with almond and orange notes make the cake seem rather light to the taste. It’s a great thing to enjoy with a cup or coffe. Makowiec is also one of Polish traditional Christmas cakes. You should definitely try it, if you haven’t yet!