Description: Bilbo serves this at various parties, and is famous throughout the Shire for it.
Thorin and Co. enjoyed it very much on that day before Bilbo's adventures began.

Submitted by: admin on 2003-01-29 18:39:23

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 30 prep; 40 baking

Difficulty: Intermediate

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¾ cup poppy seeds
1 cup milk
Butter or margarine for the pan, plus ½ lb. (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar (white or brown)
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon rind


Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 10-inch tube of bundt pan.

Place poppy seeds and milk in a small saucepan. Heat just to the boiling point, removing from heat before it begins to boil.

Set aside and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture alternately with poppy seed-milk, beginning and ending with dry mixture. Stir just enough to blend thoroughly, adding vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon rind at the end.

Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake about 40 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes, then invert onto serving plate. Allow to cool completely before slicing.