Orechovnik (Slovak Nut Roll)

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Orechovnik is a nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. Orechovnik is a favorite in many Eastern European countries. Nut rolls are known under different names in different countries. For this recipe I decided to focus on the Slovak version. Nut rolls are traditionally eaten during holidays such as Christmas, Easter and others special occasions.

I came across this recipe while browsing for something delicious to make for Slovakia for my “Baking My Way Around The World” challenge.

The idea of a slightly sweet bread with a nutty filling sounded really good to me so I decided to give it a try. I used the recipe from a Slovak Cooking website in which the author shares her grandma’s recipe. Grandma’s always make the good stuff so I decided to try her recipe.

How to Make Orechovnik

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

For the dough you’ll need flour, milk, oil, vanilla sugar, baking powder, dry yeast and some water if needed. (The full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

For the filling you’ll need walnuts, sugar and milk.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Add the flour to a bowl.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Add the baking powder.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Add the vanilla sugar.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Add the yeast.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

Add the milk.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

And add the oil.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

Mix thoroughly until a dough forms. Add a little bit of water until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. I needed an extra tablespoon to stop it from sticking.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

You should end up with a dough like this.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

Dust a bowl with flour and put your dough into the floured bowl. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise for 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours, this dough is made with love and patience.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

While you’re waiting on your dough, add the walnuts to a blender.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Grind the walnuts.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

Add the ground walnuts to a bowl.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 15

Add the sugar to the ground walnuts.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 16

Mix the sugar with the ground walnuts.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 17

Add milk to the mixture.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 18

Keep adding enough milk until you reach a thick, spreadable, consistency. Cover and set aside.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 19

Take the dough out of the bowl after 2 hours and place it on a floured works surface. Flatten the dough with your hands.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 20

Brush the dough with oil.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 21

Fold the dough over.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 22

Flatten the dough again and brush with some more oil.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 23

Fold over again.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 24

Knead it for a bit till all of the oil is fully incorporated into the dough.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 25

At this point you can divide the dough into two to create two orechovnik’s or make one big one. I decided to make one big bread.

Take (one of the piece of) the dough and create a rectangle.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 26

Roll out the dough.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 27

Roll out the dough. Flatten it into a big sheet. (make sure the width of the dough will fit on your baking tray if you’re making one big roll).

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 28

Take the walnut filling and spread it onto the dough.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 29

Make sure the entire dough has filling on it within about half an inch (1 cm) of the edges.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 30

Take the walnut filling and spread it onto the dough, make sure the entire dough has filling on it within about half an inch (1 cm) of the edges. With the long side in front of you, start rolling up the dough, make sure you roll it tight and tuck in and seal the edges.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 31

You will end up with a tightly rolled roll.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 32

Transfer the orechovnik to a baking tray lined with parchment paper, make sure the seam is on the bottom. Brush with oil and set aside for another 30 minutes before putting them into the oven.

 

Orechovnik - Slovak Nut Roll Recipe | Orechovnik is a Slovak nut roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 33

Bake the orechovnik for less than 30 minutes, until it has a deep golden color.

 

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Cut the nut roll crosswise into slices to serve.

 

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Orechovnik
Orechovnik is a Slovak nutt roll. A delicious sweet bread with a nutty filling. A favorite in many Eastern European countries.
Orechovnik is een notenrol of notenbrood. Een heerlijk zoet brood met een notenvulling. Orechovnik is een favoriet in menig Oost-Europees land.
Votes: 22
Rating: 4.18
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Type Other
Cuisine Slovak
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 1/2 hours
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Type Other
Cuisine Slovak
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 1/2 hours
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Orechovnik is een notenrol of notenbrood. Een heerlijk zoet brood met een notenvulling. Orechovnik is een favoriet in menig Oost-Europees land.
Votes: 22
Rating: 4.18
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Add flour, baking powder, sugar, yeast, oil and milk to a bowl. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer or by hand until a dough forms. Add a little bit of water until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. (1 tablespoon at a time).
  2. Dust a bowl with flour and put your dough into the floured bowl. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise for 2 hours.
  3. Grind the walnuts. Add the ground walnuts to a bowl and mix with sugar and add enough milk until you reach a thick, spreadable consistency. Cover and set aside.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl after 2 hours and place it on a floured works surface. Flatten the dough with your hands. Brush the dough with oil.
  5. Fold the dough over, flatten it again and brush with some more oil.
  6. Fold it over again and knead it for a bit till all of the oil is fully incorporated into the dough.
  7. At this point you can divide the dough into two equal pieces to create two small orechovnik's or make one big one.
  8. Take (one of the piece of) the dough and create a rectangle. Roll out the dough. Flatten it into a big sheet. (Make sure the width of the dough will fit on your baking tray).
  9. Take the walnut filling and spread it onto the dough, make sure the entire dough has filling on it within about half an inch (1 cm) of the edges. With the long side in front of you, start rolling up the dough, make sure you roll it thight and tuck in and seal the edges.
  10. Transfer the orechovnik to a baking tray lined with parchment paper, make sure the seam is on the bottom. Brush with oil and set aside for another 30 minutes.
  11. In the meantime preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  12. When the 30 minutes are up, put the orechovnik in the oven and bake for less than 30 minutes, until a deep golden color. If needed turn down the heat a little once they start to turn a light golden color. When done, take the orechovnik out of the oven and brush with oil. This will soften the crust. Let cool. Cut the nut roll crosswise into slices to serve.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • If you don't have any vanilla sugar you can just use regular sugar and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

3 comments

  1. Carl Kunick
    20 January 2019

    Where in the Caliornia High Desert can I buy slovinian walnut rolls?

    1. 21 January 2019

      I don’t know where you can buy the rolls. I just know the recipe 😉
      But I suggest you try an international supermarket and ask around, maybe they’ll know where to find them.

    2. John Mack
      28 January 2019

      Buttermaid Bakery they deliver.
      https://www.buttermaidbakery.com/

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