Croatian Walnut roll
Recipe Type: Dessert
A beautiful and rich Croatian Walnut Roll just in time for your Holiday table.
For the dough
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1.7 oz (50 g) sugar
  • 17.6 oz (500 g) all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2.1 oz (60 g) butter
  • 1 cup (250 ml) lukewarm milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
For the filling
  • 17.6 oz (500 g) walnuts
  • ⅕ cup (50 ml) dark rum
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiling milk
  • 8.8 oz (250 g) sugar
  1. First, make the dough. It's important for all the ingredients to be at room temperature. Combine yeast with lukewarm milk, some sugar and a pinch of flour and let it sit in a warm place for 5-10 minutes. Sift flour with salt, add the remaining sugar and yeast mixture. Add egg, butter (not melted, but room temperature) and finely grated lemon zest. Knead to form the dough. It should be on the softer side. Cover with clean kitchen towel and rest until doubled in size (about 2 hours). Then knead it slightly and roll out into a rectangle on lightly floured surface.
  2. For the filling, combine ground walnuts with cinnamon, orange zest, sugar, vanilla, rum and boiling milk into a paste. Spread it evenly over rolled out dough and roll it to form a log. Start rolling from the longer side of the rectangle. Shape into a circle and press two sides to stick them together. Cut surface into several places. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let rise again, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 356 F (180 C). Bake for about 40 minutes. Before baking, you can brush it with some melted butter or whisked egg.
  4. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and cut into pieces.
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