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Nut and Poppy Seed Rolls Recipe

Nut and Poppy Seed Rolls Recipe

My grandmother always made Nut and Poppyseed Roll, a Hungarian family favorite, as a treat for Christmas. It tastes extra delicious with a cup of coffee on Christmas morning as you sit by the Christmas tree. —Carrie J. Gamble, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:28 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 can (12-1/2 ounces) poppy seed cake and pastry filling
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sour cream, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Beat in remaining flour until mixture forms a soft dough. Transfer to a greased bowl, turning once the grease the top; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion into a 14x12-in. rectangle. For nut filling, in a small bowl, combine pecans, sugar, dates, milk and salt. In another bowl, beat egg white until stiff peaks form; fold into pecan mixture. Spread over one portion. Spread poppy seed filling over remaining dough; sprinkle with raisins and walnuts. Roll up each jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over breads. Yield: 2 loaves (14 slices each).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Solo brand cake and pastry filling. Look for it in the baking aisle.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 290 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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Peggy5253 User ID: 5721315 190741
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Carrie, thank you for this wonderful recipe. I loved working with this dough and it is the first time I have ever refrigerated my dough. It really was the easiest to roll out, ever! I did add some honey and black walnut to my poppy seed and nuts. I have used melted butter on the outside and I'm hoping they turn out as beautiful as yours. They smell delicious!"

martsi22 User ID: 1495699 190740
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012 Edited Feb. 25, 2014

"I've been married for 41 yrs. and decided to try this recipe last Christmas. I no longer use the recipe I used for all those years. This is so much easier to roll out, no fighting the dough. I made them today and they're delicious! I don't use dates in the filling or the nuts in the poppy seed. I add the zest of a lemon to the poppy seed filling."

gotupeged User ID: 3438810 211545
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Made two rolls out of it. was a lot of Dough could have made 3 regular sized rolls. Very good taste, everyone in the family enjoyed."

istylit71 User ID: 2008784 171157
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"The dough was easy to put together and roll out, but it was downhill from there. I'm not sure if I didn't knead long enough or what, but the dough seemed to lack structure and fell apart after it was baked, making a mess when trying to move them to a cooling rack. Most of the filling also leaked out during baking. Such a shame, because the end result is tasty, but it's such a mess I wouldn't think of serving them looking this way. I'll try once more, but then look for a different recipe somewhere else. Can anyone help?"

mt86 User ID: 2472518 187621
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"Absolutely love this recipe. Will definately be a favorite in our family!"

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