Poppyseed lütyü might have a weird, untranslatable name, but it is a unique, no-bake dessert popular in the Great Hungarian Plain. Try it today!

Sokszínű Vidék tried the special dessert in a restaurant in the Great Hungarian Plain called Fekete Gólya. This is a very characteristic dessert of that region of Hungary. It is a no-bake, easy-to-make dessert to impress.

Poppy Seed Lütyü
Photo: www.sokszinuvidek.24.hu
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  • 500 g dried cake
  • 100 g ground poppy seeds
  • the peel of 1 lemon, grated
  • 900 ml milk (divided into 500 and 400 ml)
  • 4 tbsp sugar (divided into 3 and 1 tbsp)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp flour (can be substituted for a packet of vanilla pudding)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (or substitute for two packets of vanilla sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • ice cream, optional


To make the vanilla sauce, mix the egg yolks, flour, 3 tbsp of sugar, half the salt, and half the vanilla essence in a bowl. Mix well, until all lumps dissolve.

Bring 500 ml of milk to a boil, then pour in the egg mixture. Keep stirring until it thickens. Once it reaches the desired thickness, let it cool down.

Heat up the remaining 400 ml enough that the remaining 1 tbsp of sugar is easily dissolved in it, then add the remaining vanilla essence as well.

It is time for layering. Tear up the dried cake to pieces and form a layer in a large dish. Pour some of the vanilla sauce and the sugary milk on top, then sprinkle with poppyseed and grated lemon zest. Then start with the cake again and keep layering until you are out of ingredients.

Let it cool for an hour or two, then, using two tablespoons, form dumplings or egg shapes to serve.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional).

Sprinkle some powdered sugar and poppyseed on top for decoration.

If you want to take it to the next level, sprinkle it with honey, grated orange peel, or coarsely chopped roasted walnut kernels to enhance the taste.

Poppy Seed lütyü
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Source: https://sokszinuvidek.24.hu

  1. It both looks and sounds revolting, but what is this ‘dried cake’ that is listed as an ingredient? Is there an aisle in Tesco or Lidl or Aldi selling ‘dried cake’? Another dud receipe I suspect.

  2. This is a wonderful dessert if you like poppyseeds.
    Any of the sweetened breads will do. You can find them where breads are sold.
    What Kitty means is if you have any left over sitting in your bread-bin or in the fridge for 3-4 days after having it on your sweet-trolly amongst other delicacies for “high tea” and you are thinking: What on earth am I going to do with this, I may have to throw this out as it has gone stale (not mouldy).
    (Hungarians, especially country Hungarians do not like to throw food out unless it is “off”.
    If it is a little dried out, it will absorb the custard-like mixture better.
    Naturally it is not to everyone’s taste.
    The idea is to experiment and be open to taste experiences.

    Bon appetite.

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