Using a Champion Juicer to grind Poppy Seed?
It's a family tradition of ours at Christmas to make poppy seed cake - kind of like a sweet bread dough with poppy seed paste spread on it which is then rolled up like a swiss roll and baked. Mum has always done it in the past, but I'm trying to take it on now.
I need to figure out how to grind the poppy seed though. Last year I tried making the paste with unground poppy seed, and it just wasn't right. I have a Champion Juicer, with the grainmill attachment which I use for grinding wheat for my flour, and I was wondering how it might go with Poppy Seed.
Mum always just uses an electric coffee grinder to grind her poppy seed, and she adds sugar to it to make it grittier and soak up the juices. (you put sugar in the paste anyway, the rest of the ingredients for the paste is jam, minced apple, water and breadcrumbs) Thats what I'm worried about - you're not meant to put anything with moisture into the grainmill - but what if you put sugar in with the poppy seed? Anyone have any idea if it would work? I really don't want to risk damaging my grainmill.
I use the juicer and blanking plate for nutbutters, and I did try that for poppy seed, but it just passed straight through - not doing anything.