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A Delicious {Italian} Nut Roll Recipe | Kid Friendly Things To Do

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This Nut Roll Recipe comes from a sweet Italian woman that gave it to my moms many years ago. It is the legitimate Old Fashioned Nut Roll Recipe that’s perfect for Christmas, holidays, events and celebrations. 

old fashioned nut roll

NUT ROLL RECIPE 

 

Italian Nut Roll Recipe

This is a recipe that my mother acquired, years ago, from a sweet woman visiting from Italy.  Anna, brought this nut roll to a function my mom was attending, and didn’t get the chance to leave without promising a copy of the recipe.

sweet nut roll

 Anna asked her daughter to translate the terms into English for my mom, and as promised, delivered this recipe.

nut roll recipe

A few of the recipe terms are old. You can modify them, but I’m going to post the recipe in it’s “older” original form, because it is part of a tradition and rich in history. You’ll need a day in the kitchen to produce these nut rolls, but the recipe yields 6 rolls . That is several rolls that are great for home baked gifts.

old fashioned nut roll

Traditionally, nut rolls are baked at Christmas time, for celebrations and events. These nut rolls are made from a day of heartfelt baking in the kitchen which make them the perfect Christmas gift or tasty treats for parties. Once you share this delicious treat with loved ones, you’ll definitely be getting recipe requests.

Where Did Nut Rolls Originate?

  • Nut rolls originated in Central Europe. Nut rolls are also referred to as Italian, Hungarian, Kolache, Slovak and Polish Nut Rolls

How do You Store Nut Rolls?

  • Nut rolls should be wrapped in saran wrap or in an air tight container and stored at room temperature for up to one week. They can also be wrapped in plastic wrap and then foil and stored in the freezer for up to two months

How do you Thaw Nut Rolls?

  • Take nut rolls out of the freezer several hours before you want to serve it an let it thaw at room temperature

Tips and Tricks for Making Nut Rolls:

  • I have found that covering my yeast mixtures in clear wrap helps them rise better than using an old fashioned towel method. It traps the heat in and produces a better rise
  • You can freeze the dough before the last rise. This would be after you punch it down and roll it into balls. Wrap the round dough balls and freeze. Thaw at room temperature when ready, roll and continue with recipe
  • I have not, frozen the loaves after rolling the nuts in, but in theory – it should be fine to do so. Do not let them rise after you roll them. Wrap them and freeze until the day you want to bake them. Allow time at room temperature to thaw and have a final rise. You’ll probably need around 2 hours for thawing and rising

How Do You Make Nut Rolls?

The Recipe for Nut Rolls comes in 4 parts and makes 6 rolls

  • As I mentioned the terminology is older and is split into first dough, second dough, filling and putting it all together

Here are the ingredients and instructions…

First Dough: Ingredients

how to make a nut roll

  • 2 packages of dry yeast (about 4&1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of warm milk
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3/4 cup of flour – add more if dough is too thin

Instructions For First Dough:

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  • Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Mix 1 T of sugar to 1/2 cup of warm milk – until it’s dissolved, and pour that into the yeast mixture

how to make a nut roll

  • Mix in the flour, cover and let rise for 30 minutes

Second Dough: Ingredients

  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 c of sugar
  • 1/2 c of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of Milnot (find this in the baking section by the evaporated milk)
  • 5 egg yolks – reserve the egg whites for later
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks of margarine
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Crisco

Instructions For Second Dough:

how to make nut rolls

  • To the first dough that has been rising:
  • Add flour, salt, sugar, sour cream, Milnot, egg yolks,  and vanilla
  • *Melt the 1 and 1/2 sticks of margarine and mix it with the 1 cup of milk – allow to cool off before you add it to the yeast mixture
  • Knead well – if dough is too stiff, add a little warm milk
  • While kneading – add 2 T of Crisco
  • Knead Well

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  • Place in a large greased bowl, cover well and let rise until doubled – at least 1 hour or until doubled in size

Nut Preparation: Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of walnuts
  • 12 – 15 vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of melted margarine

Instructions For Nut Preparation:

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  • Mill 2 pounds of walnuts  – my mom uses an old fashioned nut grinder – I used a food processor or blender
  • Add milled vanilla wafers
  • Add 2 cups of sugar, vanilla and melted margarine
  • Mix well

Making The Nut Rolls: Putting It All Together

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  • After the dough has doubled, Punch the dough down and roll out into a thick rectangle
  • Divide into 6 sections
  • Knead each section into a smooth ball – I had to add some extra flour – it was pretty sticky
  • Roll out onto a floured surface – ours rolled out were about 10″x16″

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  • Spread the nut mixture evenly over the rolled out dough
  • *I found that 3/4 cup of the nut mixture per nut roll was the perfect amount to make it even

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  • Begin rolling tightly from far end toward yourself

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  • Place onto greased (or parchment paper lined)  cookie sheets (2 per sheet)

how to make nut rolls

  • Let rise about 1 hour – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Brush with beaten egg whites (the ones you have from the 5 eggs) mixed with 1 Tbsp. water
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes

You might have to exercise a few extra minutes after indulging in these nut rolls, but they are so worth it!

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Here’ the printable recipe:

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A Delicious “Old World” Nut Roll Recipe For Your Celebrations

old fashioned nut roll
  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes plus rising time
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Yield: 6 nut rolls 1x

Ingredients

Scale

The Recipe for Nut Rolls comes in 4 parts and makes 6 rolls

  • As I mentioned the terminology is older and is split into first dough, second dough, filling and putting it all together

First Dough: Ingredients

how to make a nut roll

  • 2 packages of dry yeast (about 4&1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of warm milk
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup of flour – add more if dough is too thin

Second Dough: Ingredients

  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of Milnot (find this in the baking section by the evaporated milk)
  • 5 egg yolks – reserve the egg whites for later
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks of margarine
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Crisco

Nut Preparation: Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of walnuts
  • 1215 vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of melted margarine

Instructions

First Dough:

  • Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Mix 1 T of sugar to 1/2 cup of warm milk – until it’s dissolved, and pour that into the yeast mixture

how to make a nut roll

  • Mix in the flour, cover and let rise for 30 minutes
  • *the mixture will look bubbly and pasty like the image

Second Dough

  • To the first dough that has been rising:
  • Add the 8 cups of flour, salt, sugar, sour cream, Milnot, egg yolks,  and vanilla
  • *Melt the 1 and 1/2 sticks of margarine and mix it with the 1 cup of milk – allow to cool off before you add it to the yeast mixture
  • Knead well – if dough is too stiff, add a little warm milk
  • While kneading – add 2 T of Crisco
  • Knead Well

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  • Place in a large greased bowl, cover well and let rise until doubled – at least 2 hours

Nut Filling: 

  • Mill (chop)  2 pounds of walnuts  – my mom uses an old fashioned nut grinder – I used a food processor or blender
  • Crush (mill) vanilla wafers
  • IN a medium bowl, add 2 cups of sugar, vanilla and melted margarine to the nuts and wafers
  • Mix well

Putting it all together

  • After the dough has doubled, Punch the dough down
  • Divide into 6 sections
  • Knead each section into a smooth ball – I had to add some extra flour – it was pretty sticky
  • Roll out onto a floured surface – ours rolled out were about 10″x16″

how to make nut rolls

  • Spread the nut mixture evenly over the rolled out dough
  • *I found that about 3/4 per roll was an even amount of nut mixture divided

how to make nut rolls

  • Begin rolling tightly from far end toward yourself

how to make nut rolls

  • Place onto greased  cookie sheets (2 per sheet)

how to make nut rolls

  • Let rise about 1 hour – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Brush with beaten egg whites (the ones you have from the 5 eggs) mixed with 1 Tbsp. water
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes

Notes

Storing:

Wrap cooled nut rolls in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to one week.

Freezer Storage:

Wrap with clear wrap and also foil. Store for up to 2 months in freezer

Thaw at room temperature

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com 

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