Hungarian Walnut Roll

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This Hungarian walnut roll is usually made around Christmas and Easter as a treat. It takes a little while but is well worth it!

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    Serves: 20 

    • for the dough
    • 500g self raising flour
    • 1 sachet (7g) dry yeast
    • 5 tablespoons sugar
    • 250g unsalted butter cubed
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 200ml sour cream
    • for the filling
    • 300g walnuts, chopped finely
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 lemon, rind finely grated
    • 100g sultanas
    • 1 cup milk, or as needed

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. To make the dough; put the sugar, butter, egg yolks and sour cream in food processor and process well. Add the flour and dry yeast and process well. Dough should be slightly moist and easy to work with. If it’s too moist, add a little more flour, if too dry, add a bit of milk.
    2. To make the walnut filling; stir the milk and sugar in saucepan and combine until sugar melts and is like a syrup. Add the walnut and stir until combined. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients.
    3. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Divide the dough in three and roll out on a floured surface to a 1/2 cm thick rectangle. Fill each piece with walnut filling, and roll up like a Swiss Roll. Place in a lightly greased baking dish and let rest for 1 hour in a warm place. Brush with slightly beaten egg and put in fridge for 30 minutes. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden.

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    Fantastic, so tasty. Enough to please the whole crowd.  -  26 Sep 2009


    Just like Mom used to make (almost)! Some things to keep in mind, make sure the loaf is sealed (or the filling spills out) and make sure the dough isn't rolled too thinly. The taste is awesome.  -  07 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is exactly what I was looking for! Absolutely delicious, just like I used to eat in Hungary growing up. Now, it's my turn to pass this heavenly tradition on to my boys. My only problem was that it cracked during baking, but it tasted so good no one seemed to care. Note to a previous reviewer, this dough does not rise, it rests. If you are looking for something that rises, it's probably a kalacs or a nut roll. Hope that helps. Boldog Karacsonyt and thank you for this woderful recipe.  -  22 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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