Poppyseed Slice

Poppyseed Slice

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 24

1 quantity Channukah shortbread dough, divided into two pieces
500ml milk
125g raw caster sugar
125g unsalted butter
500g ground poppyseeds
150g raisins, chopped
75g mixed peel
200g marzipan, grated
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
75g polenta
1 tsp rum essence


1 Preheat oven to 170°C. Roll out half the dough and put in the bottom of a lined 20cm x 30cm slice pan.

2 Combine the milk, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan and set over a moderate heat. Once simmering, add the poppyseeds, raisins and mixed peel, then simmer until thickened. Beat in the marzipan, spices, polenta and rum, cook for 3 minutes, then set aside to cool completely.

3 Spread the poppyseed mixture over the shortbread. Roll the remaining shortbread dough to a 20cm x 30cm rectangle and roll with a decorative press. Arrange on top, then bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden and crisp.