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Sweet and Soft Russian Walnut Roll (Bread Machine)

Nothing completes a holiday spread quite like a walnut roll. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. The filling is deliciously moist and perfectly sweet with just the right amount of walnut flavor.


Nothing quite says holiday cheer like a perfectly baked nut roll. This roll goes by so many names, including Hungarian nut roll, Polish nut rollOrechovnik and Slovak Roll. We just call it the walnut roll. Whatever you’d like to call it, traditional nut rolls are soft, milky bread rolled with a sweetened walnut filling. Mmmm.


The help of a Bread Machine

Let’s start with the dough. The kneading dough can be intimidating for many people. It’s actually quite easy once you’ve gotten the hang of it but I’m a huge fan of shortcuts, when they work. And using a bread machine for this dough is a shortcut I can get behind.

Note: if you don’t have a bread machine, feel free to knead your dough by hand or with the help of a stand mixer. Dissolve the yeast into the warm milk; combine the rest of your ingredients and knead until your dough is soft but not sticky. Live in a covered bowl till it 2x the size. (about an 1hour).


The filling

The best things in life are always simple. And so is this walnut filling. I’m talking, three ingredients.

Walnuts. 2 cups. Finely chopped. You could use/add other nuts but I like sticking to walnuts only.

Sugar. I find 1 cup to be the perfect amount.

Egg white. To bring it all together.

That’s it! From there, you’ve just got to assemble, bake, and devour!

Are walnut rolls part of your holiday traditions? If not, try making them this season.


I love making traditional Slavic sweets! Here are some more delicious desserts:

This Russian Bird’s Milk Cake Recipe with Chocolate Glaze is a classic cake that is soft, moist, and fluffy!

This Russian Korolevsky Cake (Layered Kings Cake) features a special ingredient in each layer!


Bread Machine Sweet and Soft Russian Walnut Roll Pastry (Orechovnik)

Nothing completes a holiday spread quite like a walnut roll. The filling is deliciously moist and perfectly sweet with just the right amount of walnut flavor.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Calories: 472kcal



For the dough:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp dry vanilla
  • 1½ cups milk, warm, not hot
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp oil light olive oil is best
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 4 cups flour

For the filling:

  • 2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup sugar


  • To make the dough: Place all the ingredients in bread machine bucket. Choose DOUGH option on the machine and wait until the dough is ready.
    2 large eggs, ½ tsp dry vanilla, 1½ cups milk,, 8 Tbsp unsalted butter,, 3 Tbsp oil, ½ tsp sea salt, 4 cups flour, 1 Tbsp dry yeast
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling.
  • Combine into a bowl the finely chopped walnuts, egg white and sugar. Mix well and you've got yourself a walnut filling! This will be enough for half of the dough in case you want to make another filling also.
    2 cups walnuts,, 1 egg white, 1 cup sugar

How to make the roll:

  • When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 240F. Get a baking sheet and spray or butter the pan so the rolls don’t stick when baking.
  • Divide the dough in half. If you want different kind of fillings divide the dough into how many fillings you want.
  • Sprinkle the surface with flour then roll one piece of dough flat into a rectangle shape. Spread walnut filling. Roll the dough in from the long side. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Repeat the previous step with the rest of the divided dough by rolling it, adding filling and rolling it up.
  • Give 15 minutes for the dough roll to rise once again then whisk 1 egg and brush lightly the top of each roll. Place in oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes on 240F, then change the temperature to 275F for another 15 minutes and lastly change the temperature to 295F and bake until rolls are golden brown. Slice and enjoy!


Tip: double the walnut filling to have enough for all of the dough. 


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg
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