My grandmother made some kind of wonderful donut/fritter-like things that had a center filled with a yummy poppy seed mixture. Sometimes the dough was not as stiff and she mixed in raisins. She fried them in cotton seed oil never lard. I've pretty much got the dough with the raisins figured out, but the poppy seed filling is still elusive. My grandmother was a German Mennonite.
Thanks for the recipe suggestion. I've found several different kinds of poppy seed fillings. But this filling was a little nugget of yummy stuff inside a puffed up dough ball. Sort of a filled donut. It was about the size of a lemon, with raisins and then this filling inside. Most fillings I've found are sort of runny. It seems like she scooped up this ball of poppy seed stuff, about the consistency of cream cheese or butter, then formed a ball of yeast dough around it. I can't believe that not one female ancestor got this recipe from Grandma. But in checking with everyone no body bothered to get any recipes from her. She died when I was 15... a long, long time ago. I don't think any kid pays attention to how Grandma made those wonderful things, but we all paid attention to them when the landed on the table. Thanks again.