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Poppyseed Bird Rolls

Bird rolls are a Russian Christian tradition made for "butter week," the week before Lent. Similar to other culture's Mardi Gras
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: bread dough, butter
Servings: 12
Calories: 567kcal


  • 2 cups milk 110-115°F
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • 16 oz poppyseed filling Solo
  • 1 tsp raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F
  • Stir together the warm milk and yeast. Let rest for 5 minutes so it becomes active and bubbly.
  • Add in the butter, oil and salt. Stir.
  • Add in the sugar and stir.
  • Slowly add in the flour, one cup at a time.
  • Knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch.
  • Divide the dough into 16 balls.
  • Roll each ball out, creating a 4 inch by 12 inch piece of dough.
  • Spread poppyseed over each piece, avoiding the edges.
  • Roll the dough longwise to create a 12 inch long log.
  • Tie the log into a knot. Form the top into a round head and pinch the tip to make a beak. Flatten out the tail.
  • Add small pieces of raisin for the eyes.
  • Place on a baking sheet, leaving space to grow.
  • Whisk the egg and brush over the bird rolls.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 602mg | Iron: 6mg