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Slovenian Nut Potica

Ingredients - Dough:

  • 2 cakes of yeast
  • cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 TBS white sugar
  • 6 cups all purpose flour (may require up to 7 cups)
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1cup slightly scalded milk
  • 4 egg yolks beaten
  • 2 whole eggs beaten
  • cup softened, unsalted butter

Ingredients - Filling:

  • pint sweet cream
  • cup butter
  • cup honey
  • 2 pounds finally ground walnuts
  • 1 tsp. Grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites - stiffly beaten
  • 1 cups white sugar

Instructions For Dough:

  • Crumble yeast into lukewarm milk and 1 TBS. Sugar.(This will "feed" the yeast and activate it)
  • Stir and then set aside until it starts to rise and gets foamy.
  • Sift flour, sugar and salt into a bowl, making a well in the center of the mixture.
  • Add the scalded milk and mix.
  • When you are sure the milk is cool,add beaten egg yolks, whole eggs, butter and yeast.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Add extra flour slowly as needed.
  • Form into loose ball and place in greased bowl.
  • Cover and put in warm place until it doubles in size. (about an hour or two)

Instructions For Filling:

  • Scald sweet cream, butter, and honey together and pour over ground nuts.
  • Mix in lemon peel, vanilla and salt.
  • Gently fold in the eggs and sour cream.
  • Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  • Add sugar and mix completely, but gently.
  • Set aside.

Instructions For Completing:

  • Punch down risen dough and divide into 4 equal parts.
  • Flour a board and take one section of dough and roll to about " thickness. (It will be about 9" x 22")
  • Spread nut filling on top of dough, leaving 1/2 inch plain dough on each side.
  • Roll up gently as you would a jelly roll.
  • Place in 9 x 5 x 3" greased bread pan
  • Repeat with other sections of dough.
  • Prick dough on top to prevent bubbles.
  • Cover with damp (not wet)cloth and allow to raise for 45 minutes.
  • Brush tops with melted butter.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Let stand in pans for 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely on cooling racks. .

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