Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Crown

Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Crown

A delicious, and memorable discovery I made in our local Swiss papers.  I noticed this recipe and found it irresistible.  I set it aside, and a few moths later, put this recipe to the test.  It has a very European flare with the lemon curd and poppyseed combination, and the dough for the bread is so light and delicate.  I made my own lemon curd, (very easy, 4 ingredients) and I'd suggest you do the same if you have the ingredients on hand.  Once you make your curd, let it cool and begin the dough.  The dough should rise 2 hours minimum.  Follow this step-by step recipe and you'll find you add this to your heritage section,  sure to please, charm and seduce the ones lucky enough to try it. 


Course Dessert
Cuisine Swiss
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people


Lemon Curd

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice 1-2 lemons
  • 1 TBS lemon zest 1 lemon

For the crown dough

  • 2 cups flour 300 grams
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast 10 gr. fresh yeast
  • 3 TBS butter soft and cut in squares
  • 1/4 cup milk add slowly, might take more or less until consistancy is achieved
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd or more if desired (about 1 batch)
  • 3 TBS poppy seeds


Lemon Curd

  1. zest the rind of 1 lemon

  2. dice the zest, then add to sugar

  3. combine sugar and lemon and let sit.

  4. accumulate the juice from 1-2 lemons, until you have 1/3 cup

  5. combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  With a medium sauce pan 1/3 filled with boiling water, begin to whisk the mixture until it thickens (usually takes about 10 minutes)

  6. when mixture thickens, set aside in cool location until ready to use.

For dough

  1. Dough is simple.  Add all the ingredients together and mix until well combined.  Cover with a warm water towel and let rise until doubled in size (usually 2 hours)

  2. On a well floured surface, roll dough out.  Dough is very light and soft.  roll out into the shape of a nice rectangle

  3. Take the lemon curd and mix in the poppy seeds, then spread on dough.  You could also spread the curd, then sprinkle the seeds on top. 

  4. make 1 roll on all 4 sides of the rectangle once the curd/seeds has been spread

  5. roll length wise until finished and seam well.

  6. slice the roll up the middle, until about 2" from the top.

  7. begin to braid or fold over another

  8. join together the 2 ends to form a crown

  9. In your pre-heated oven (180 Celsius) bake until nice and golden brown, around 25 minutes.

  10. cool, cut and serve.

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