Sunday, October 14, 2012

Poppy Seed Torte - A Family Tradition

We are finally receiving the rain we've been waiting for since this summer.  So what better to do on a rainy weekend but bake something!  Growing up I spent a lot of time at family get togethers. My grandparents on my mother's side of the family had very large families and both were of German descent (although recently we've discovered one side of our family was really from Liechtenstein).  It wouldn't be a Guenther or Buechel family get together without a few food staples: German Potato Salad, someone's homemade pickles (sweet and dill), maybe some Pickled Beets, Brick cheese, and at least two kinds of Poppy Seed Torte.  Two kinds of Poppy Seed Torte you say?  Yes, two kinds!  One variety which my grandma was a master of was the one pictured above with the graham cracker crust, custard poppy seed filling, and a meringue topping.  There was also the variety one of my great aunts made with white cake and poppy seeds topped with a custard frosting.  Both were delicious, but my favorite was always my grandma's version.  So I finally decided I would give it a try.  I will admit I am no master of the meringue, but the torte turned out as delicious as I remembered it.

Here was the recipe I followed (not my grandma's recipe, but very close):
Poppy Seed Torte
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 melted butter
1 1/4 cups plus 8 TBSP divided
4 cups whole milk
4 TBSP cornstarch
4 TBSP flour (Next time I might leave this out completely and see what results I get)
1/3 cup poppy seeds
4 eggs separated
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat over to 325
Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup of the sugar.  Reserve at least 1/2 cup of mixture for top of torte later.   Press remaining mixture into a 9x13 pan.

To make the custard filling: Mix 1/2 cup of milk in bowl with the cornstarch and flour until smooth and set aside.  

Carefully heat 3 1/2 cups of milk in a pan (or a double boiler, if you have one).  Add 1 cup sugar and the poppy seeds to the heated milk.  The slowly whisk in the cornstarch/flour/milk mixture and mix until smooth.  Slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook until this mixture begins to thicken.  Whisk in the 4 eggs yolks and boil, stirring constantly, another 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Pour onto graham cracker crust.

For the meringue: Beat eggs whites until they form stiff peaks.  Then add remaining 8 TBSP of sugar.  Spread mixture over the custard and sprinkle with remaining graham cracker mixture.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.  Cool and refrigerate before eating (unless you really like warm custard).  Makes about 20 servings.



Unknown said...

Thank you for this special recipe. I've been searching for this for years! My mother made this when I was younger & I loved it. She has since past and I thought I would never see it again!! I can't wait to surprise my brothers & sisters with it. Blessings!!

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make this for us. When she passed I couldn't find her recipe. Thank you so much for posting this, I can now make it myself as well as pass it down!

Nancy Graham Norwex Independent Sales Consultant said...

Thank you! My grandmother made this and we loved it! Her recipe card has all the ingredients for the crust, filling and topping but no instructions. The last time I tasted her Poppy Seed Torte was at my sisters' baby shower about 1998. No one has been able to make it since.

Jane Fierce said...

Poppy Seed Torte
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 melted butter<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<. What measurement. 1/2 CUP? 1/2 Stick?
1 1/4 cups plus 8 TBSP divided <<<<<<<<< 1 1/4 cups of what?

I hope this is the recipe my mom made every year for my birthday. I’ve been searching for years! Thank you for posting!

Unknown said...

Hi, I still have the original recipe in my grandmother's handwriting. She used to make it for me every year for my birthday then my mom took over, now I make it myself every year on March 17th, my birthday which is today.

Jan B said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Mine is St Patrick's Day too...if I make this on or near St Patrick's Day I would put a couple drops of green food coloring�� my kids would always laugh and say I see the leprechauns were here! Lol

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