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Walnut roll

My Best Walnut Roll Recipe

Walnut roll is traditionally prepared during the holidays in Croatia. It’s packed with flavour and, for me personally, best when dough layer is fairly overpowered by its more attractive neighbour, walnut layer. Generous amount of walnuts ensures enough moist that makes the roll so delicious.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 3 rolls


For the dough

  • 200 g butter or lard 7.05 oz
  • 400 g flour 14.11 oz
  • 60 g sugar 2.12 oz
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100 ml sour cream 0.42 cup
  • 1+½ tsp baking powder
  • zest of one lemon

For the filling

  • 300 g ground walnuts 10.58 oz
  • 250 g sugar 8.82 oz
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 100 ml milk 0.42 cup
  • 2 tbsp rum

For coating

  • 50 g melted butter 1.76 oz

For dusting

  • powdered sugar



  • Mix together softened butter or lard, sugar and egg yolks. Then add sour cream and lemon zest. Add the flour along with the baking powder and knead the dough until smooth.
  • Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for half an hour.


  • Mix ground walnuts and sugar. Heat the milk up to the boiling point and pour over the walnuts. Mix well and allow to cool slightly. Add rum and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks appear and carefully mix them into the walnut mixture.

Assembling and baking

  • Divide the dough into three equal parts. Roll out each piece of dough into a rectangular shape, measuring approximately 35x20 cm. The dough should be rolled out to a thickness of approx. 3 mm.
  • Coat the dough with a third of the filling and roll. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Repeat the process with the remaining two pieces of dough.
  • Coat the rolls with melted butter. Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C or 360 F for about half an hour. Cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy that lovely taste.
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