St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Nut Roll Recipe - Orehnjaca

St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Nut Roll
St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Nut Roll. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 5 Nut Rolls (20 servings)
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St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Circle of Merrillville, Ind., provided this recipe for nut roll. These dedicated women volunteer at least three times a year to make thousands of nut rolls, strudels and palachinke as a fundraiser. Some cooks use honey in the walnut filling, but the Sisters' Circle or kolo, which means "circle," uses sugar, which makes this one of the more economical recipes for nut roll I've seen. Also, the amount of milk used in the filling will depend on how finely ground the nuts are. The finer they are, the more milk they will take (about 2 cups). Coarser nuts may only need 1 cup of milk. Use your judgment.

Here, the kolo takes us through the steps for making Serbian nut roll.

What You'll Need

  • Dough:
  • 2 tablespoons yeast (active dry)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (110 F)
  • 1 can/12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 large eggs (beaten)
  • 7 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces/2 sticks butter (cold)
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 pounds walnuts (ground, not chopped. they should look like sawdust.)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 to 2 cups milk (scalded, amount depending on how finely ground the walnuts are)
  • Egg Wash:
  • 1 to 2 large eggs (beaten with 1 teaspoon water per egg used)

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water. Add evaporated milk and 4 beaten eggs, mixing well. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 4 tablespoons sugar and salt. Cut in butter with the fingers until crumbly. Add the wet ingredients and continue mixing by hand until a smooth dough forms. Round up, cover with the mixing bowl and let rise until doubled.

  3. Divide dough into 5 balls, cover and let rise again until doubled. Meanwhile make the filling by mixing together ground walnuts (they should look like sawdust), sugar and scalded milk. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

  1. Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. You shouldn't need additional flour for rolling. Spread with 1/5 of the walnut filling. Roll from the bottom up (or top down, if you prefer) and tuck in the ends. Place seam-side down on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled.

  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Pierce the nut roll down its length with a fork and then brush with egg wash. Bake nut rolls for about 30-40 minutes or until golden on the top and bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack. Nut rolls can be served as is or dusted with confectioners' sugar. Nut rolls freeze well once they are baked, but not unbaked.