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Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni)

Indulge in a slice of heaven with flodni, a traditional Hungarian pastry made with layers of dough, apples, walnuts and poppy seeds. Perfectly sweet and nutty, a must-try dessert.

Apple- Walnut and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni) is a traditional Hungarian dessert made with layers of dough, apples, walnuts, and poppy seeds. The pastry is sweet, nutty and deliciously layered, making it a perfect dessert.
The result is a dessert that is both sweet and savory, with a perfect balance of flavors and textures. It’s a popular dessert in Hungarian cuisine, and it is often served during special occasions and holidays.
It can be served warm or cold, and it can be enjoyed on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.


Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni)

Cooking method: Baking
Courses: Dessert
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
60 min 40 min 10 min 110 min
Servings: 8 person
Calories: 654kcal
Best season: all

Apple, Walnut and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni)

is a traditional pastry from Hungary, which has been enjoyed for centuries. The origins of the pastry are uncertain, but it is believed to have been brought to Hungary by Ashkenazi Jews who migrated to the country in the late 19th century.
The dish is a variation of a traditional Jewish pastry called “fluden” which is made with similar ingredients such as apples, nuts, and poppy seeds.

Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni) Recipe
Indulge in a slice of heaven with Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni), a traditional Hungarian pastry

The dish quickly became popular among Hungarians and it became an integral part of the country’s culinary heritage. It’s often enjoyed during special occasions and holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover.

In recent years, the dish has been modernized and variations have been created using different types of nuts, fruits, and sweeteners, but the traditional recipe still remains popular and is a beloved dessert among Hungarians.

It’s likely that the dish has been modified and adapted to use the ingredients that were readily available in Hungary, creating a unique variation of the traditional Jewish pastry.


For the dough

For the apple filling

For the walnut filling

For the poppy seed filling


  1. Make the dough for Apple Walnut and Poppy Seed Cake (Flódni)

    Mix together the ingredients for the dough in a food processor and knead into a smooth consistency.
    Wrap the dough and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Make the apple filling

    Cook the apples with honey, sugar, spices and wine until tender, then strain the liquid through a sieve and reserve it for the walnut filling.

  3. Add breadcrumbs to the apples and let cool completely.

  4. Make the walnut filling

    For the walnut filling, mix together the ground walnuts, sugar, raisins, chocolate, and the reserved liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring. Allow the mixture to cool.

  5. Make the poppy seed filling

    For the poppy seed filling, combine the ground poppy seeds, orange zest, apricot jam, sugar, raisins, and wine in a saucepan, cook over low heat and stir frequently until hot and the sugar dissolves. Let it cool.

  6. Preheat the oven to 175ºC (347°F) and grease a baking pan (30×34 cm) with butter.

  7. Cut the dough into 4 equal parts and roll out into thin rectangles on a floured surface.

  8. Place the first layer of dough in the pan and spread with the walnut filling.

  9. Repeat with the remaining layers and fillings, ending with the last layer of dough.

  10. Brush the top with beaten egg and poke holes in the top with a fork.

  11. Bake for 50-60 minutes and let cool completely before slicing.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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