Mom's Nut Rolls / Pani di Noci della Mamma - Episode 2523


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. For the filling:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Continue making 4 more rolls.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375
  8. When ready to bake brush the tops with milk and make a few decorative slashed in the top of the dough.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned.
  10. Glaze:
  11. 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  12. 1 tablespoon of milk or more for a thin consistency
  13. Combine in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle on rolls as they cool.

This recipe was featured on Season 25 - Episode 2523.

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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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