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Rogale świętomarcińskie (Martinmas crescents)


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
11 Nov 2009 /  #1
Besides being Polish Independence Day, 11th Nov. is also St Martin's Day (Martinmas), celebrated with great fanfare in Poznań (parade, dancing in the streets, fests, etc.). Only on that day are special crescents baked containing white poppysee filling. Anybody on PF from Poznań who can provide a recipe or any comments or elaboration?
mosiniak - | 4  
11 Nov 2009 /  #2
Rogale świętomarcińskie are made of half-puss pastry, something between puss-pastry and yeast cake. They are decored with glace icing and peel.

Modern rogale filling is made of WHITE (never black) poppyseed, walnuts, sugar, cream and/or butter. Almonds, figs, dates, vanilla and raisins are commonly added.

A recipe in written in plain Polish:
w w w .poznan.pl/mim/public/swmarcin/pages.html?id=221&ch=8987&p=8992&instan ce=1017&lang=pl&lhs=swmarcin&rhs=publications

...and in old Poznań city slang.

w w w .poznan.pl/mim/public/swmarcin/pages.html?id=221&ch=8987&p=16209&insta nce=1017&lang=pl&lhs=swmarcin&rhs=publications

The recipes are quite different but both are ok. Do you need translation?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
11 Nov 2009 /  #3
Puss-pastry sounds pretty bad. Don't you mean puff-pastry? ;) ;)

I don't think Pol3 needs a translation. He is 'largely' Polish ;) ;)
mosiniak - | 4  
12 Nov 2009 /  #4
hahahah, I'm sorry, I was tired :D

Poznań city slang is quite difficult to understand, even for born and breed here ;)
I just wanted to help, I'm sorry ;)
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
12 Nov 2009 /  #5
Puss-pastry sounds pretty bad

hey yay are you gay? why bad?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
13 Nov 2009 /  #6
Because puss is the stuff that oozes out of spots. Puff-pastry is the real deal, the real McCoy :)
mafketis 29 | 10,009  
13 Nov 2009 /  #7
11th Nov. is also St Martin's Day (Martinmas), celebrated with great fanfare in Poznań (parade, dancing in the streets, fests, etc.). Only on that day are special crescents baked containing white poppysee filling. Anybody on PF from Poznań who can provide a recipe or any comments or elaboration?

Fanfare? Dancing in the streets? Poznan? What are you on and how can I get the prescription?

I live in Poznan and it's overall a great place, but Poznanians are the least likely Poles imaginable to go around dancing in the streets (remember the joke about it being one of the three quietest cities in Poland?)

And the rogale świętomarcińskie are available year round now, though they're most popular for the Martin's day (like pączki are available year round but especially popular for Fat Thursday).

I personally think they'd be better without the peanuts which ruin the texture of the croissant (and can't be tasted anyway) for me.

Interesting possible factoid: According to a Polish ethnographic paper I read some years ago, the whole St Martin's Day holiday was a conscious political decision. The holiday was seen as too connected with Piłsudski who was disliked in Poznan for what was perceived as a lack of support before and during the Weilkopolska uprising.

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