Nut Roll Recipe

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An Eastern European Christmas and Easter tradition, this nut roll recipe can be made with ground walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins and even a poppy seed filling. 

Nut Roll Recipe

Nut Roll Recipe

Risen with instant yeast and made exquisite by the addition of sour cream to the nut roll dough, this recipe is super easy to make and a holiday favorite. It literally tastes like Christmas!

Packed with ground or roughly chopped walnuts, vanilla extract and a burst of citrus from orange zest, your house will be filled with a divine comforting smell that brings all the kids and grown ups into the kitchen.

This is an old world Kolachi recipe also going by the name Italian roll, Romanian Colaci cu Nuca,  Hungarian Kolachi, Polish and Slovak roll.

Nut Roll Recipe with Walnuts and Sour Cream

About the Nuts

Please Don’t be stingy with the nuts, go as nutty as you can, tis’ the season after all! I grew up with a walnut filling from our own old walnut tree my grandpa planted before i was even born, so I really get nostalgic about those. You can use pecans instead or mix up your favorite kind if you prefer. A recipe is nothing but a guide to inspire you.

A simple sprinkling of powdered sugar is all this classic dessert needs for a festive presentation. However, feel free to whip up a little decadent icing to drizzle over the top if you like.

Recipe Tips

Storage – traditionally kept at room temperature wrapped in a tea towel or in a bread box or basket. You could also freeze individual slices and pop in the toaster oven for breakfast.

Vegan – it can be easily done by using vegan butter sticks and sour cream instead, a flax egg and aquafaba egg wash. Easy!

Serving suggestions – sliced in 3/4 inch slices as a breakfast pastry or as a dessert on the Christmas cookie platter alongside:

Sliced Nut Roll with Powdered Sugar

Nut Roll Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Nut Roll Recipe

An Eastern European Christmas and Easter tradition, this nut roll recipe can be made with ground walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins and even a poppy seed filling.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Nut Roll Filling

Egg Wash

  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • To the bowl of your kitchen aid mixer add the flour, butter, milk, sour cream, 1 egg, sea salt, yeast and 3 tbsp sugar. Mix to combine well and knead a few minutes until a smooth dough forms. The dough shouldn’t stick to the bowl.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile Make the Nut Filling
    Melt the butter in a large skillet and add sugars. Stir to combine well and remove from heat. Mix in the chopped nuts, vanilla extract, orange zest and allow to cool completely. Beat 1 egg and mix it with the cooled off nut roll filling. Set aside.
  • After the dough has risen for 1 hour dump it on a lightly floured surface and cut it in 2 equal pieces.
  • Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and using a rolling pin roll the dough into a thin rectangle that you are comfortable rolling and working with.
    Spread half of the filling on top of the dough within 1/2 inch from the edges.
  • Beat the egg with the water to make the egg wash and brush the edges of the dough. Gently start rolling the dough into a log starting with the long side. Pinch the ends and tuck underneath the roll. 
  • Layer a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the nut roll on top.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling and place the second roll on the baking sheet about 5 inches away from each other.
  • Cover loosely with a tea towel and allow to rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat tour oven to 350 “F 
  • Brush the logs with the egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for 34 to 45 minutes until golden brown on top.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool off completely before slicing them.
    Garnish with powder sugar and serve. 

Notes

  • The Nuts - please Don't be stingy with the walnuts, go as nutty as you can, tis' the season after all! You can even mix up your favorite kind if you prefer. A recipe is nothing but a guide to inspire you.
  • Storage - traditionally keep at room temperature wrapped in a tea towel or in a bread box. You could also freeze individual slices and pop in the toaster oven for breakfast.
  • Vegan - it can be easily done by using vegan butter and sour cream, a flax egg and aquafaba egg wash.
  • A classic sprinkling of powdered sugar is all this dessert needs for a festive presentation. However, feel free to whip up a little decadent icing to drizzle over the top if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: European
Keyword: Christmas, kolachi, nut roll
Servings: 15
Calories: 523kcal
Author: Florentina

 

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9 Comments

  1. Sure would like to find a REGULAR recipe WITHOUT all the added extras, like, orange zest, lemon zest, sour cream, heavy cream, cat nip, kitty litter etc, etc, Think about it, our grand parents NEVER ADDED any of that crap, because they NEVER had it, and the nut rolls tasted great.Had few different recipes without all the zest stuff, cant find any since i moved,, thanks

    1. Hey Tony, just leave out the lemon zest lol We actually had lemon zest growing up specifically saved for the holidays, citrus was a Christmas specialty and one would use and save every part of it specifically for Christmas baking. No catnip ever 😉 ~ Florentina Xo’s

  2. I made these but had to rely on intuition for the length and width of the rolls. Could you please provide what the pre baled size of each roll is supposed to be? Thank you. Also, I assume the butter is melted and cooled a bit before adding to the milk/yeast mixture.

  3. I was born in Croatia and we made these with poppyseed as well. All though we did not use butter in the filling., but milk and make a paste with that. Just another variation.

  4. 5 stars
    My mother was Austrian and I know this walnut bread well. She usually cooked it in a small tall bundt form so it looked fancy…especially with a dusting of powdered sugar. I have not made it in so long. I think it’s time to do it, as the pandemic eases up. It’s best the day it’s made. My mother also made it with a poppyseed filling. Delicious!

  5. I want to make these, but I need to know how best to keep them until I make the gift platters I give away. I should be making them around the 1st of December, 2017. Thanks for your help. They look wonderful, and I have a huge bag of ground pecans just waiting for the perfect recipe. Thanks!

    1. Hi Pam! You can store them for a couple of days on your kitchen counter in a container or loosely wrapped in parchment paper and then aluminum foil. You really don’t want the aluminum touching your food hence the parchment. Ultimately it all depends how long you are looking to store them for.