Slavic Holiday Walnut Bread

Make the dough a day ahead, then finish and bake on the day you plan to serve.  This is also referred to as a Nut Roll, traditionally popular at Christmas.


Details

Difficulty

Advanced

Yield

2 loaves

Prep Time

40 minutes

Chill Time

2 to 24 hours

Rise Time

1 hour

Bake Time

30 minutes

Ingredients


  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • Walnut Filling
  • 1-1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze, optional
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions


Combine 1/2 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120º to 130º F). Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.

Remove dough from refrigerator; divide into 2 equal pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece to 20 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread rectangles evenly with Walnut Filling to within 1-1/2 inches of edges. Beginning at long side, roll up tightly as for jelly roll; pinch seams to seal. Form each into a coil, tucking end under. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze, if desired.

Walnut Filling:  In a saucepan, combine walnuts, 1/4 cup milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; let cool.

Beat egg white until soft peaks form in a medium bowl. Gradually add 1 cup sugar; beat until stiff. Fold into walnut mixture until well blended.

Powdered Sugar Glaze: In a bowl, combine powdered sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency.