Grandma Rimarchik’s Slovak Nut Roll
This festive Slovak Nut Roll recipe originally appeared in New York Times best-selling author Ellen Stimson’s Christmas cookbook, An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home.
For the Dough:
- 1/4 cup warmed whole milk, plus 3/4 cup cold whole milk
- 1 packet (1/2 ounce) yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar plus 1/2 cup
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Start by making the dough: Add 1/4 cup of warmed milk to yeast with a pinch of sugar and set aside to rise. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add 1/2 cup sugar. Add butter. Blend well. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda and slowly add to the eggs. Add 3/4 cup of cold milk. Mix and add yeast mixture, forming the dough.
If the dough is too wet, add flour. Put dough on a clean, floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, getting all the air bubbles out. Roll it into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Flip it, so both sides are greased. Cover and let rest in a draft-free area until the dough has doubled in size. Punch it down and preheat oven to 325°.
For the Filling:
- 1 pound pecans
- 1 egg white, plus 1 egg
- 1 apple, cored, peeled, and diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- A dash of nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Make the filling: Either dice nuts in a food processor or roll them with your rolling pin into a nice, fine mixture. Mix with the egg white. Add apple, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Brush dough with melted butter.
Put nut mixture on top of buttered dough. Slowly roll the dough into a crescent shape using fingers to pinch the ends together. Make an egg wash by whipping one egg. Paint the top of the dough with the wash. Bake 25 to 35 minutes.