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This is soooo good. It turned out so professional looking; I can't believe I made it myself! And the taste is phenomenal. I even "cheated," too! I added the ingredients to my bread machine (in the order my bread machine would normallly have me add such ingredients), and set it on the dough cycle. It was so easy to do it this way. I did have to check on it when it first started mixing, and add in a bit more flour (I started with 2 1/2 cups), but once I recognized it was the right consistency, I just let the bread machine do the rest of the kneading and rising. This makes a beautiful sweet poppy seed bread roll with a gorgeous crust. I'm very glad that I tried this, and I'm thrilled that I can cheat and use my bread machine for the dough! UPDATE--Finally got some pics posted! Also tried this using orange-flavored Craisins (thinking the citrus flavor would go well with the poppy). Still was good, but the raisins are definitely the best!
This is excellent. I made to the recipe this time but next time I'm going to omit the raisins (I tend to pick them out anyway). This will be on my menu Christmas morning.