Grandma’s Coffee Cake

Grandma’s Coffee Cake

Old style Polish coffee cakes made by Grandma (Recipe is not…. 100% complete
Course Dessert
Cuisine Polish
Keyword Coffee Cake, Grandma, Poppyseed
Author Dave



  • 1 Lg. Pkg Yeast Soaked in 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 Qt. Milk Warmed
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 10 Cups Flour Enough to make a soft dough – 10 Cups is about average

Poppy seed Filling

  • 1 lb Ground Poppy Seed
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Pint Half and Half "Use enough to make poppy seed soupy" May not need whole pint.

Crumble Topping

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter says "or olio"?
  • Vanilla No qty… presumably 'enough to make it tasty'??


This is the entirety of the recipe Mom had for Grandma’s amazing coffee cakes. It’s not 100% complete with instructions and I haven’t attempted to make them since I made them with Grandma when I was…. like… 10 or something. Hopefully Nikki can figure this out at some point. 🙂