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Bavarian Poppy Seed Tort

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    Posted: 18 January 2014 at 09:44
Poppy Seed Tort
by Markus Farminger  of the American Culinary Institute

I was listening to Baking with Julia Childs as I was doing my school work. They made this and I just had to make one! Here is the video.

Bavaria or Vienna in particular, was a melting pot in the 1860's. Much as America was at the time. A mixture from the East, West North and South. This recipe is a produce of that cultural mixing. Poppy seed from the Middle East and apricots from Belgium.

(The recipe calls for apricots and I could not find any so I had to use nectarines. Not such a great choice, they don't peel well and they get mushier than apricots, but I got through it! The fruit is a little sloppy.)

2 sticks butter softened
12 apricots fresh ripe
9 cups H2O
2 cups ice cubes
1.5 cup sugar
½ vanilla bean
1 wedge fresh ginger
7 Tbs + ¼ cup powdered sugar
7 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 lemon zest
7 eggs separated, save both
1 1/3 cups lady fingers grated
2 ¼ + ¼ cups black poppy seed (blue/gray shells on) ground (coffee grinder)
1 tbs espresso (brewed)
½ lemon juiced
1 baking round pan (or spring form)
2 parchment paper circles (to fit baking pan)
2 cardboard circles
Spray vegetable oil
Fresh whipped cream

Blanch 12 apricots and quench in ice water (3cups + 3 cups H2O)
Peel skin from apricots
Mix poaching liquid, 3 cups H2O, 1.5 cups sugar, bring almost to boil. Add ½ vanilla bean and ginger wedge

Cool to simmer, add apricots and simmer covered till knife pulls without resistance. Set aside off of heat.

Preheat over to 350°F.

Mix 2 sticks butter to loosen, add 7 Tbs powdered sugar, mix slow or medium
Add 1 Tbs cinnamon, lemon zest, mix to cream.
Add 2 yolks, mix till smooth, add 2 more yolks, mix. If not mixing smoothly heat mixing bowl on stove. Mix till smooth, add 3 yolks mix till creamy, dull - not shiny. Move to bowl. Clean mixing bowl.

Grate 1 1/3 cups lady fingers (cake crumbs) on to parchment paper. Grind 2.25 cups black poppy seeds in coffee grinder. Pour on top on cake crumbs through strainer. Set aside.

Prepare baking pan, cut parchment circles and cardboard, spray with veg. oil, add parchment to circle to bottom.

Add 7 egg whites and 7 Tbs sugar to mixing bowl, whisk by hand to start, whisk on Med. To soft medium peaks. Fold ½ meringue to batter bowl, fold together easily. Add ¼  poppy seed mix, fold. Add rest of meringue, fold to center, pour in the rest of the poppy seed, fold. Add 1 Tbs espresso and lemon juice. Fold till well mixed. Pour into baking pan, flatten top and mark for 12 pieces.
Seed and cut apricots in to halves. Place 12 apricot halves on to edge of 12 pieces marked on Tort.
Place in 350°F oven for 35 - 40 minutes.

While warm, cut sides clear from pan. Place parchment circle, then cardboard on top. Flip and remove from pan. Peel parchment paper off, replace cardboard and flip back over.
Place remaining 12 apricot halves on top of the 12 already in the tort, dust with powdered sugar. (It was getting late, I forgot the sugar)

Cut and serve with fresh whipped cream on the side and garnished with poppy seeds.

I could not take more pictures, kind of messy, of the process but it is all in the video. I do have enough poppy seeds to make another and I will get the photos the next time. It took a lot more time than I thought it would.

Mark R
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote africanmeat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2014 at 14:44
thanks i love poppy seed cake .
this one looks amazing .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MarkR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2014 at 13:21
Can poppy seeds trigger a false positive in a drug test?

Wow, I looked it up on Snopes, it's true!
Boy would I fail a pee test right now!
Quote Origins:   Drug testing has become more and more prevalent in our society, and while urine and blood analysis are the most common methods employed to that end, the tests themselves are not infallible and can sometimes produce skewed results. Indeed, something as innocuous as the poppy seeds on a bagel or muffin or in a slice of cake can make the drug-free look like heroin users.

Opiates (morphine and codeine) can be detected in urine for at least 48 hours after one eats food containing poppy seeds. As little as a single Poppy seed bread bagel covered with poppy seeds could produce a false positive test for these drugs.

In 1990, a veteran St. Louis police officer was suspended for four months because his drug test showed positive for morphine after he'd eaten four poppy seed bagels the day before the urine sample was taken. He was reinstated with back pay after it was determined that poppy seeds and not drug use had produced those results. His case was especially puzzling to the department because the officer in question had a steady work record and demonstrated no indications of any problems before this incident was flagged during a random drug screen. The department performed an experiment by having another officer eat four poppy seed bagels and take a drug test. He, too, tested positive for morphine, confirming the poppy seed effect theory.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TasunkaWitko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2014 at 22:06
Mark - very nice job! 

Seeing the process really makes this one come alive. I also like the background on it; as you mentioned, Vienna is where a lot of ideas, including culinary ideas, mingled and melded, producing some of the most delightful and interesting things one could imagine.

Very unique, very cool - outstanding! Thank you for posting, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next one! Smile
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