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Piegus – Polish Peach Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

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Piegus custard with cream in a blue plate.
Piegus custard with cream in a blue plate

Polish piegus or poppy seed cake is made with a poppy seed dough topped with a delicious custard and peach filled jelly. Serve for dessert when you want something cooling and exceptional!

What Is Piegus?

This poppy seed and peach cake is a traditional Polish dessert made with a poppy seed dough covered with custard and a peach jelly. It requires a few hours to set, but not too much prep time. 

The poppy seed cake is named after the hundreds of poppy seeds dotting it, and the word piegus or piegusek literally means ” the person with freckles”. 

You can think of it as a makowiec cake where the dough and the filling are mixed together to form the dough. Some recipes for piegus makowe ciasto z biaekalso use grated apple in the filling, but we don’t. 

Prepare this cool cake for warm summer evenings when you want a dessert that’s almost an ice cream!

piegus ciasto makowe z białek in a blue plate.
Piegus ciasto makowe z białek

If Poppies Contain Opium, Is It Safe To Eat The Piegus Cake?

Poppy production is well-regulated in most countries nowadays. So only poppies that have a very low morphine content are harvested and used for food purposes. So yes, it’s safe to eat the piegus cake without any side effects.

How To Make Polish Peach Poppy Seed Cake 

Step I – Make The Piegus Dough

While you preheat the oven, prepare the piegus dough. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff before adding sugar and beating again.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spoon. Pour the dough into lined baking pans and bake for half an hour, or longer if needed. Once baked, turn the cake over and allow to cool.

Step II – Prepare The Piegus Custard And Jelly

Beat butter with sugar and shredded coconut for the custard. Mix in the jelly powder with boiling water and allow to cool.

Step III – Assemble The Piegus Cake

Cover the cake with custard and then top it with peach slices. Cover it with cold jelly. Leave in the fridge to set.

Serve the piegus custard with cream.
Serve the piegus custard with whipped cream
Piegus custard with cream in a blue plate.
Piegus custard with cream in a blue plate

Tips For Making The Tastiest Polish Piegus Cake! 

FAQs About Making Polish Peach Poppy Seed Cake 

What Other Poppy Seed Cakes Can You Make?

Other Polish poppy seed dishes that you can try are:

What Does Piegus Mean?

Piegus (piegusek) means ” the person with freckles”. The cake is named such because of the poppy seed that look like freckles in the dough. 

Which Flavor Jelly Should I Use?

The most used flavors of jelly are orange jelly or yellow pineapple jelly. But if you cannot find these, use any other jellies of your choice – strawberry jelly, peach jelly, mixed fruit jelly, or others.  

How To Store Piegus Cake?

Store the Polish piegus cake in the refrigerator and serve cold! Finish within 4 to 5 days.

Can I Freeze Leftover Piegus Cake?

No, since the piegus cake is made with custard which will change texture when frozen, it’s best not to freeze it.

Piegus – Polish Peach Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Piegus - Polish Peach Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

piegus ciasto makowe z białek in a blue plate.

Polish piegus or poppy seed cake is made with a poppy seed dough topped with a delicious custard and peach filled jelly. Serve for dessert when you want something cooling and rare!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

Piegus Dough Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of poppy seed
  • ¾ cup of shredded coconut
  • ½ cup of oil
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking powder

Piegus Custard Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (230g) of butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut

Others

  • 1 can of peach slices
  • 5 oz (150g) of yellow/orange jelly mix

Instructions

How To Make The Piegus Dough?

  1. Preheat the oven to 392°F (200°C).
  2. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  3. Add sugar and beat again.
  4. Add poppy seed, shredded coconut, oil, baking powder, and mix carefully using a spoon.
  5. Pour the dough onto the 8'' round baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. After baking, turn the cake upside down and cool off.


How To Make The Piegus Custard And Jelly?

  1. Beat butter with sugar and shredded coconut.
  2. Mix jelly powder with 2 cups of boiling hot water. Cool off.

How To Assemble Piegus Cake?

  1. Spread the custard on the cake.
  2. Cover with peach slices.
  3. Finally, pour the cold jelly over the cake.
  4. Place in the fridge and wait until the jelly has set.


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