A bed of roses for black pearls. If you have roses that are not chemically treated in your garden or balcony, you can always add some petals to any dish: sweet or savory.
I use blue and black colored seeds. the white ones are used as soup thickeners, for example. Now, there is something important to know when cooking with poppy seeds; if you use them as decoration for pretzels,muffins or bagels, you use the whole seeds. When making pancakes or rolls or a filling finely ground them to get a paste. Poppy seed paste is also available in cans and bags. When using this to make a dish, pay attention to the ingredients of mixture. If lemon juice and zest, sugar or rum is added, be careful with the rest of ingredients when cooking.
The mixture for the balls is made of fresh minced black seeds and boiling milk. When I was making the balls with my hands I did it when the mixture was cold because I waited for the ground cookies to get the moisture and the oils coming out of the poppy and butter. After the balls were finished I left them in the fridge to rest for a while before eating. Maybe it is important for you to know that I stored half of them in the freezer to see how they taste afterwards. I am happy to say that it works. So, if you plan your time in advance for Christmas baking, this is a surprise that can be made earlier.
Poppy Seed Balls (No Bake)
- 1 cup poppy seeds, minced
- 1 cup milk, boiled
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
- 1 cup + 3 Tbsp fine cookie crumbs
- 35 Jelly candy quarters
In a bowl, mix poppy seeds with boiling milk and sugar, using tablespoon.
Add butter and crumbs.
Let it cool for 30 minutes.
Make the balls using hands.
While shaping the balls, insert quarter of a jelly to the middle of a ball.
When balls are finished, leave the tray with them in a fridge to rest for a while before serving.