Showcase Your Party Perfection With Poppy Seed Snails
by Mona Fe on Dec 28, 2022
It’s finally summer, and you know what that means, mum… party season!
But before you start to get stressed out thinking of all the things you want to get done, we’ve got the perfect recipe that is sure to be your new favourite go-to. This is something different from the usual Christmas cookies or party finger food.
Packed with flavour and healthy goodness, these Poppy Seed Snails will keep your guests coming back for more.
Our Poppy Seed Snails are a hit with our pickiest taste-testers here at the WBMT HQ, the kiddos. So if they give it a thumbs up, your family and friends will surely love them, too.
They’re easy to make, and we’ve even included a big time-saver, pre-made pastry dough. Sure, if you’re ambitious you can make the pastry from scratch, but with everything else on your list, store-bought means one less thing to worry about.
These Snails are incredibly portable, but to help get them to your holiday party at a faster pace, place them in one of our silicone Stickies. These non-stick, colourful containers are made for parties – just add your Snails, pop on the grip-tight lid and off you go. It also makes storing them a snap.
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s booklet, "Summery Holidays". It showcases a nourishing and delicious spread fit for the holidays and festive celebrations. Rocking party preps during the busiest time of the year have never been this easy-peasy! So be sure to check that one out, too.
What Makes Poppy Seed Snails Party-Perfect?
Here’s the great thing about this recipe: this delicious treat adapts easily to different ingredients.
You can fill it with sesame seeds and cheese. No sesame seeds? You can use nuts. Don’t like nuts? You can use raisins.
Whatever ingredients you use, your guests are going to love them. Trust us. The idea remains the same: fill it with your ingredients, roll it, cut it into portions, and then bake.
This is a fun recipe that the kiddos can help with. Give them each a turn pressing the button to blitz the poppy seeds. Have them help with stirring the mixture together. Older kids can help carefully roll and cut the snails (always supervise when letting one of the bigger kids use a knife).
You might be wondering where the “snail” come in. It’s all in the shaping! When you roll up the mixture-filled pastry, it will resemble a traditional chocolate Swiss Roll. But, the last bit of pastry will naturally pull away from the roll during baking, making the snail’s head. The roll becomes the shell.
So let’s get started.
Makes 15 snails | Prep 45 minutes | Cool 60 minutes
- 150 g (1 cup) poppy seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 50 ml (1⁄8 cup) maple syrup
- 100-150 ml (½ - ⅔ cup) milk of choice
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 large apples, grated
- 50 g (½ cup) raisins
- 1 roll fresh butter pastry
Preheat oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Place poppy seeds in a high-speed food processor and blitz for a few seconds until fine.
Mix ground poppy seeds with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla essence.
In a small pan, gently heat the milk and butter over a low heat until butter is melted, and milk is warmed slightly.
Add the poppy seed mixture to the milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
Set aside and allow to cool completely (for at least 1 hour) before adding the grated apple and raisins, and stirring well to combine.
Spread the mixture evenly over the pastry then roll up the pastry, starting from a long edge. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into 15 even pieces.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
Customise Your Snails
The great thing about this and all the rest of the WMBT recipes is that they are completely customisable. Have a picky eater? Particular food allergy? No worries, just make a simple substitution to still enjoy all the goodness. These Poppy Seed Snails are no different, here are some of our favourite variations.
It’s a Date – Swap out the raisins for dates for an extra kick of mellow sweetness.
Choose Your Milk Adventure – This recipe works well with oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or even cashew milk. This is another way to introduce a little nuttiness to the filling.
Bring Your Snails To Life – Want to make these Snails look holiday ready? Use an edible pen or marker to draw on a face – an eye and a smile – to take them to the next level. Add a bit of parsley or rosemary as antennae. You can even have the kids help decorate their shells!
These portable, easy treats are sure to be a favourite go-to for years to come. So next time you’re tasked with bringing the appetiser to a party or want a fun treat for the kids, make up a batch of Poppy Seed Snails.
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