Mar 052014

Poppy Patrols have described the poppy flower as an Elephant in the Flower Bed.
Breadseed poppies-arrangementbreadseed-poppy flowerBread Seed poppy-seedheads 1Poppy Seed Torte RecipeCan drying seedpods for a floral arrangement or sprinkling the poppy seeds on a muffin be a federal violation?

Seed producers became worried about being arrested for selling these flowers with the name, Opium Poppies.

So renaming them Breadseed Poppies made them sound safer from being questioned by the Poppy Patrols.

Eating a poppy seed dessert could possibly cause a drug test to be positive for opium.

I love the Seinfeld episode when Elaine eats some poppy seed muffins.  She needs a physical for a pending trip with her boss.  Her test comes back with a positive result for opium and her boss fires her.  This was one of seven episodes that happened in real life.

This federal offense was once compared to ripping the tags off of pillows and mattresses “under penalty of law.”

My husband’s Wisconsin relatives were one of many families that sold home grown poppy seeds.  The Poppy Patrol put a stop to many of these seed growing businesses.

Now we buy most poppyseeds for baking from foreign countries.

As a new bride, I believed the story about a successful marriage being directly linked to the husband’s contented stomach.

My mother-in-law shared with me, what has become our favorite poppyseed dessert.

Whether this poppyseed torte has contributed to a euphoria of contented married life for 50+ years could be debatable.  What do you think?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Poppyseed Torte
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
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This easy recipe only uses two bowls to mix the ingredients. Filling can be cooked on the stove, but watch carefully. I prefer cooking the filling in the microwave.
  • Crust:
  • 1¼ cup Graham Crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup Butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • ½ cup Walnuts, crushed
  • Cooked Filling:
  • 5 Egg Yolks, large
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Poppyseeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • Add to Filling:
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 package Unflavored Gelatin softened in ¼ Cup Water
  • 2nd Filling Mixture:
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • ½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • Whipped Cream topping (optional)
  1. Crust: Crush graham crackers and walnuts.
  2. Stir in melted butter and flour.
  3. Pat into bottom of 13 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes @ 350 degrees.
  5. Filling: Mix egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, milk, poppyseeds, salt into large bowl and microwave until thickened, approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Stir filling every 5 minutes.
  7. Cool filling to room temperature.
  8. Then add vanilla and softened gelatin.
  9. Beat egg whites until very stiff.
  10. Then add tartar and sugar.
  11. Fold this into cooked filling.
  12. Chill.
  13. Whipped Cream topping is optional.

  29 Responses to “Poppy Patrols Chase Elephants Out Of Flower Beds”

  1. Looks delicious, thank you for the recipe, Neva 🙂

    • I love to share the favorites. This recipe is the yummiest dessert and it won’t cause a drug test to be positive, I promise.

  2. I am a poppy seed lover. My favourite dessert ever is a poppyseed strudel from a bakery in Toronto. Almost every weekend I make poppyseed pancakes.

    Your recipe looks delicious.

    • I also love the nutty flavor from poppyseeds. I found the idea of a Poppy Patrol so funny. Do you have any concerns about poppies in Canada?

  3. Oh Neva, that is too funny. I’d like to say Yes! But I think we could be clutching at straws … err poppy seeds! It looks a wonderful recipe none the less, and will be one that I try on He Himself especially in times of great stress! I shall report back 😉 I didn’t know those facts about poppy seeds – it got me wondering. In South Africa I often had poppy seed muffins with my coffee, but I’m not so sure that I’ve seen them in Australia. Going to go and do some coffee shop research!

    • Jo, I was amazed at the interesting facts surrounding these little poppyseeds. They’ve caused some problems besides getting stuck in between my teeth.

  4. This is funny! People do wonder when was the last time they had a lemon poppyseed muffin before having to take a drug test, and I love them! I also love the flower. I will definitely make your torte, looks yummy!

    • I didn’t know this was one of seven real life episodes that Seinfeld show. It was a very interesting research project on Poppys.

    • I agree. I didn’t plant any poppys last year but I’m definitely going to this year. Don’t tell the Poppy Patrol.

  5. Well, I’m sure there are many reasons that you’ve had a successful marriage, but poppy seed torte doesn’t hurt. I was really surprised the first time I heard about how much a poppy seed muffin could affect a drug test — not that I’m ever worried about that kind of thing. 🙂 Recipe looks great.

    • Yes, the poppy seed has quite a nutty history. It something that I had fun researching and didn’t know there was a poppy patrol out there.

  6. I will not give my opinion on the matter. All I know is that the dish looks delicious. And I’d love to sample it.

  7. I remember laughing out loud at the Seinfeld episode. I didn’t realize that most US poppy seeds came from foreign suppliers. I was walking around a village in northern Thailand and saw a hand-drawn sign pointing the way to where large opium poppy fields used to be. We didn’t have time to visit it, however.

    • So they show you where they “used” to be? Do they have smaller poppy flowers growing there now that don’t produce the large opium juice now? Interesting.

  8. That torte looks incredible! I’m going to file this away to give it a try this spring for a dinner party, thanks for the inspiration!:-)

    • The dessert is my family’s favorite. I’ve been making this for 50 years and there isn’t any dessert that they like better.

  9. Thanks for that great recipe. The pictures used are beautiful. =)

    • I hope it becomes one of your favorite recipes. My family always requests that dessert and is a long time fave.

  10. I love flowers too! Thanks for the recipe. Looks Yummy!

    • The poppy is a pretty flower and the seeds are great tasting in desserts. It’s a hard working little plant.

  11. Its amazing that a bunch of little seeds could cause so much trouble!

    • The seeds have a very nutty flavor and are a great addition to desserts. It does look very innocent in a torte and hard to imagine the addictiveness of the poppy.

  12. Looks very yummy! I will have to try this for sure, my Mother in Law will definitely love these for sure!

  13. I loved that Seinfeld episode. A classic for sure!

    • Yes, at the time I didn’t realize that poppy seeds could possibly give this reading. It really is a classic.

  14. I loved that episode of Seinfeld. That was one of my favorite sitcoms. My husband is a big fan of poppy seed muffins so I’m going to have to try this recipe for him. Thanks for sharing!

    • If he likes poppy seeds in his muffins, he’ll love this too. It’s an old recipe that seems timeless for our family

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