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Almond Poppy Seed Drożdżówka Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Special equipment needed:
- Stand mixer with dough hook attachment
- Loaf pan
- Parchment paper

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
2. Add the melted butter, warm milk, egg, and almond extract to the bowl.
3. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
4. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5. Add the poppy seeds to the dough and knead for an additional minute.
6. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
7. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
8. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
9. Punch down the dough and shape it into a loaf.
10. Place the loaf into the prepared pan.
11. Brush the top of the loaf with milk and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
12. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
13. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.


Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Rising time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Temperature:
Oven temperature: 350°F (175°C)
Serving size:
1 loaf

Nutritional information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 4g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Almond extract can be substituted with vanilla extract.
- Sliced almonds can be substituted with chopped walnuts or pecans.

Variations:
- Lemon Poppy Seed Drożdżówka: Substitute lemon zest for almond extract and add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to the dough.
- Cinnamon Raisin Drożdżówka: Substitute cinnamon for poppy seeds and add 1/2 cup of raisins to the dough.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the milk is warm, but not hot, to avoid killing the yeast.
- Cover the dough with a clean towel to prevent it from drying out while it rises.
- Brushing the top of the loaf with milk helps the sliced almonds stick to the dough.
- Letting the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes makes it easier to remove from the pan.

Storage instructions:
Store the cooled loaf in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the loaf, slice it and toast it in a toaster or oven.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the sliced loaf on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Garnishes:
Sprinkle additional sliced almonds on top of the loaf before serving.

Pairings:
Serve with a cup of coffee or tea.

Suggested side dishes:
Fresh fruit or a side salad.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until it comes together.
- If the dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all equipment before handling the dough.
- Check the expiration date of the yeast before using it.
- Store the dough in a warm place to ensure it rises properly.

Food history:
Drożdżówka is a traditional Polish sweet bread that is typically served for breakfast or as a dessert.

Flavor profiles:
This Almond Poppy Seed Drożdżówka has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor with a hint of almond.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the sliced loaf with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of honey.

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Region: Polish

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Buttery, Almondy, Poppy, Poppy-Seed-Flavored