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Nut Roll Coffee Cakes

"I especially love preparing povatica with ground-up walnuts," shares Louise Gasper of Northville, Michigan. "The bread is tender with a golden brown crust and a nutty filling that’s flavorful but not too sweet. With a drizzle of white icing and a sprinkle of walnuts on top, this bread becomes a festive dessert. It pairs well with a cup of strong coffee."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups ground walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 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 a small 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 15x13-in. rectangle. Spread filling over rectangles to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  • Place seam side down on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over coffee cakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 124 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Happytobake
    Jun 29, 2014

    Will definitely make again! Originally I looked for a cinnamon cake, so I added 2 teaspoons to the filling. Also, I used part brown sugar instead of white, mixing it in with walnuts first. We have an abundance of our own walnuts so I can make this frequently. Next time I may leave a portion of walnuts in pieces instead of all ground. Over-all very tasty and a success with our guests, first time baking it. Delicious and just like the picture!

  • Lauralouise
    Sep 1, 2011

    Havent made it yet, but it is so much like my grandmother's walnut bread recipe. Looks just like it minus the icing same as Lisa's review. Thank you for the recipe.BevD

  • lisa53202
    Mar 18, 2011

    This looks like the cake my Austrian grandmother used to make minus the icing. I would love to try making it sometime!

  • jeff1
    Apr 2, 2010

    I make this recipes for long time and every one loved ,some time if I do not have Nut I add apple or pappy seat ,,it is a great recipes..

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