Walnut Roll & Poppy Seed Roll for EASTER

Hungarian Walnut Roll & Poppy Seed Roll is the most traditional Easter and Christmas pastry served in every single household in Hungary. There is also a sweet cottage cheese version of the roll as well, however the most popular is Walnut Roll and Poppy Seed Roll. On a personal note, I would like to mention that I am the Life Magazine Spokesperson for Walnut Roll and I lead my Walnut Roll team to victory on the nationally televized battle between Walnut and Poppy Seed Roll on Life Network. This is an annual Christmas Special. I had so much fun and I’m sure you will also have fun re-creating this lovely traditonal pastry for your family. So lets start the recipe…

500 grams of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 pack of vanilla sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 lemon’s zest (and juice for the fillings)
1 cup of milk + tsp sugar
2 tsp dry yeast
Pinch of salt
4-5 teaspoon melted unsalted butter

Warm up milk and add 1 tsp sugar and the dry yeast; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Place the following in a large mixing bowl: flour, lemon zest, yeast mixture, 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, sugar, butter and enough milk to make a soft but not sticky dough. If ssticky add a little more flour. Cover bowl and put on top of the stove, leave dough to rise for 40 minutes to 1 hour.

For Walnut Seed Filling:

3 cups of ground walnuts
1 tbsp of raisins
3 tbsp of sugar
1 cup of milk
1 pack of vanilla sugar
1/2 lemon’s zest and juice

Mix all of the above together, place in a small stockpot and cook on medium high heat until thick and creamy. Put aside and let cool.

Poppy Seed Filling:

1 cup of ground poppy seeds (ground poppy seeds on coffee grinder with sugar so it won’t stick together)
3 tbps of sugar
1/2 lemon’s zest and juice
1 pack of vanilla sugar
2 tablespoons of raisins
1 cup of milk

Mix together all of the above and place in a small stockpot. Cook on medium high heat until thick and creamy. Let cool untill needed.

Turn off oven so it won’t be too hot. Now punch down dough and turn onto a flour dusted counter top. Knead dough for a few minutes, roll out to about 1/2 cm (1/4 of an inch) thickness as seen on video. Spread filling evenly; roll up and seal ends as seen. Please use video as guide. Let rest for another 25-30 minutes; brush with egg yolk and bake in a preheated 375F oven until golden brown. Remove, let cool.

Don’t be afraid to try this traditional, time tested pastry recipe. Your family will have a wonderful new family traditon for generations to come.

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Canadian cookbook author and Life Magazine Spokesperson Helen M. Radics shares with you The Secret of Hungarian Cooking™© through the pages of her 8 internationally recognized cookbooks and now her latest blog. Enjoy your journey through Hungary’s history rich culinary world that will make you fall in love with the Flavours of Hungary™© one delicious recipe at a time.
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12 Responses to Walnut Roll & Poppy Seed Roll for EASTER

  1. Dianna says:

    Tried it love it and many thanks for sharing the recipe X

  2. linda takacs says:

    Hi, Thankyou for the recipe. My Grandma passed away before I got a chance to get her recipe for these.xx I would just loike to know what the Vanilla sugar is and how much? I am in Australia and have no idea . Thanks in advance xx

  3. Im looking forward to trying this. What is one packet of vanilla sugar? When is it added in dough and poppy seed spread?

    Thank you

  4. Claire says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It was wonderful and easy to make. I love u accent. :)

  5. Issy says:

    How much sugar is in a “packet” of vanilla sugar? I make homemade vanilla sugar. This recipe sounds delightful and I would love to try it!

  6. What is one pack of vanilla sugar? Would that be a cup? thanks

  7. Stacey says:

    Hello, is that the correct amount of poppy seeds for the filling? Only one cup? Please let me know. Thank you.

  8. Stacey says:

    Hello, are those the correct amounts- 3 cups of walnuts but only 1 cup of poppy seeds? Please let me know. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

  9. Jesse says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to this recipe!!! Thanks so much for bringing back my Hungarian childhood! This looks so very delicious and I can’t wait to try it. God Bless you.

    • Administrator says:

      Thank you for your comment, I’m so happy to know that my family favourite reminds you of your childhood. I have many lovely memories of my own childhood and grandmother during Christmas and Easter. The sweet scent of baking always filled her home. Let me know how it turned out. Take care and have fun baking.

  10. I’m not sure about this recep, it mentions butter in description but not in ingredients. So my question is: do I need to use butter in dough? If yes how much?

    • Administrator says:

      Hello, I’m sorry for not answering sooner :) Thank you for bringing the “missing butter” to my attention, in the ingredients list. It was very nice of you. Yes, you need 4-5 teaspoon of melted unsalted butter. Have fun baking as this is a very easy and delicious recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I will check back soon. Take care

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