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Nut Roll

Europe, Central: Bohemian-Croatian

Nut Roll was made by both of my grandmothers. My maternal grandmother Anne Klesh Pare could speak Croatian. Her mother Rose Kovar Klesh spoke both Bohemian and Croatian. Rose immigrated to America and later brought her mother over Anna Kovar. My paternal grandmother Barbara Schwab Duft was from the Austia Hungarian region. She immigrated to America as a teenager on her third attempt to enter America she finally was cleared for Trachoma, an eye infection and she was free to join her family. Happy days both grandmothers spoiled their family with this treat!

Nut Roll was a family tradition, made for the holidays, special occasions and any other church function. This nut roll recipe is from Anne Pare's handwritten version. She enjoyed making and sharing this recipe with her family and friends. Both grandmothers were artful and masters in their cooking and baking. This recipe does not include their spice of love, please add your own love to enhance your family and friends nut roll. A nut roll was meant to be shared.


1/2 cup warm water
1 cake or square of yeast
1 cup milk
3/4 cup butter
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
8 1/2 cups shifted flour

2 lbs walnuts ground very fine
1 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


Nut Roll
1) Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1 cake or square yeast >> let stand.
2) Using a small pot: heat 1 cup milk & 3/4 cup butter to luke warm.
3) In a mixing bowl put 4 egg yolks & 1/2 cup sugar and mix well. 4) Add a pinch of salt, then add the dissolved yeast to the above ingredients.
5) Mix gradually with 8 1/2 cups sifted flour.
6) Mix well, then let rise till double in size.
7) Divide into 5 parts.
8) Roll each piece into a very thin ring like pie, and add the filling to each rolled ring or piece of dough.

Mix 2 lbs. walnuts ground very fine, 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla add enough milk to make a paste thick enough to spread on rolls or the pieces of dough.

Roll up and place on cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 min. Then while warm rub with melted butter on the top and spread powdered sugar over the top. When completely cooled wrap in aluminum foil. If not ready for serving, may freeze very well. Ready to serve >> slice thin.

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