Mom's Nut Rolls
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Serves: 5 rolls
A traditional Slovak holiday dessert.
  • DOUGH:
  • 7 generous cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cake yeast (1½ oz.) or 3 packets (1/4 oz.) dry yeast
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 lb. ground walnuts
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ lb. poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup scalded milk
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  1. Scald milk and let cool until warm to touch. Add 2 tbsp. of the sugar and yeast. Stir with fork and let sit until bubbly. Beat eggs in mixer and add the rest of the sugar, salt, vanilla, butter, sour cream and yeast mixture. Slowly add flour (one cup at a time) until dough starts to pull away from bowl. Flour hands and work area generously for the dough will be sticky. Knead for 10 minutes. Refrigerate dough for at least six hours or overnight.
  2. Divide into 5 balls of dough. Roll out each ball of dough into an approximate 9 x 12 rectangle. Spread nut or poppy seed filling to within 1 inch of the edge. Tucking in sides, roll tightly lengthwise pinching the seams once complete. Place rolls on parchment-lined (or lightly greased) baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm area for about 2 hours.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes watching to make sure the bottoms don't burn.
  4. FILLING INSTRUCTIONS: Combine ingredients and mix well. (On the poppy seed rolls, I like to sprinkle filling with golden raisins)
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