Walnut Potica

Slovenian miners who settled in the upper midwest introduced this sweet yeast bread to American cuisine. The dough is rolled very thin to make many layers of nut filling.


Walnut Potica

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Ingredients
  • 2 - 2 1/2  cups 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1   package 
    active dry yeast
  • 1/3  cup 
    milk
  • 1/4  cup 
    margarine or butter
  • 2   tablespoons 
    sugar
  • 2   
    eggs
  • 3   cups 
    ground walnuts
  • 3/4  cup 
    sugar
  • 1/4  cup 
    margarine or butter
  • 1/4  cup 
    honey
  • 1   
    slightly beaten egg
  • 3   tablespoons 
    milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
Directions
1.
In a bowl combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a saucepan heat the 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup margarine or butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and margarine or butter almost melts. Add to flour mixture. Then add 2 eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
2.
On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double (1 to 1-1/4 hours).
3.
Meanwhile, for filling, mix walnuts, the 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine or butter, honey, remaining egg and milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.
4.
Punch dough down. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease two 7-1/2x3-1/2x2- or 8x4x2-inch loaf pans. On a lightly floured cloth, roll dough into a 15-inch square. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Then roll dough into a 30x20-inch rectangle.
5.
To assemble, cut dough lengthwise in half to form two 30x10-inch sheets. Spread filling evenly over surface of both dough rectangles, keeping to within 1 inch of the edges. Using the cloth as a guide, roll each rectangle up into a spiral, starting from a short side. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place loaves, seam sides down, in the prepared loaf pans. Cover and let rise until nearly double (45 to 60 minutes).
6.
Bake in a 325 degree F oven 45 to 50 minutes until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. If necessary, cover with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Remove from pans; cool. Makes 2 loaves (32 servings).
Make-Ahead Tip:

1.
Place cooled bread in an airtight container or wrap in foil and place in a plastic freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw 2 hours at room temperature before serving.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 165, Fat, total (g) 10, chol. (mg) 20, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 16, pro. (g) 3, sodium (mg) 67, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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