Recipe by Midnite706
This recipe has been in my family for many years. My mother would make it every Christmas and after she passed away nearly 20 years ago, I started making it myself and have carried on the tradition of making these wonderful nut rolls. Wouldn't be Christmas without making these! Enjoy!
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1⁄4 cup water, warm
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1⁄2 cup milk, warm
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 1⁄4 cups ground walnuts
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water. Add the butter, milk, egg yolks, sugar, salt and flour; beat until smooth. Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- For filling, in small mixing bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in walnuts; set aside.
- Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Let stand for 10 minutes or until easy to handle. Divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 15-inch x 13-inch rectangle. Spread filling over rectangles to within 1/2 inch of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.
- Place seam side down on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.