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Mom's Nut Rolls

Pani di Noci della Mamma



1/2 cup warm water

2 packages dried yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups warm milk

1 cup butter, melted and cooled

4 large eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6-7 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt


4 egg whites

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter

5 cups ground walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 - 2 teaspoons milk


Pour the water into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Dissolve the yeast in the water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk, butter and sugar. Mix by hand or on low speed to blend the ingredients. Blend the egg yolks into the mixture, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Begin adding the flour a cup at a time and mix until a soft, non sticky ball forms. You may not need all the flour. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size.

For the filling:
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, then slowly add the sugar a little at a time until soft peaks form. Fold in the butter, walnuts and vanilla. Set aside.

Divide the dough into 5 equal pieces and work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered. Roll each piece into a 14 inch square. Spread about 1 cup of the filling over the dough,then roll it tightly like a jellyroll. Make sure to tuck in the ends as you roll.

Place the roll on a lightly buttered baking sheet or on a parchment lined baking sheer. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.

Continue making 4 more rolls.

Preheat the oven to 375

When ready to bake brush the tops with milk and make a few decorative slashed in the top of the dough.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon of milk or more for a thin consistency

Combine in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle on rolls as they cool.

This recipe is featured on show 1717, In the Kitchen with Mom - In Cucina con la Mama.


  1. Kathy Stolte's avatar

    Kathy Stolte

    Hi Maryann, I was searching your web site on how to make ricotta cheese, and I found your Mom's recipe for nut roll. I enjoyed her video. My mother, and grandmother from the old country (they are gone now) made these when I was a kid for the holidays. I lost their recipe, and I was so glad you had it. Thank you, and thank your Mother for me.
    I enjoy your weekly show, keep up your great work. Love Kathy

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