n Croatia, nut roll is a very popular dessert, especially around Christmas time. Every self-respecting lady of the house is making her own nut rolls, probably using ‘secret’ grandmother’s recipe and proudly offering a slice of her homemade treat. Povitica (pronounced pov-e-tee-za) or povetica is just another term for a nut roll. The thing is, all around Croatia there are different recipes for this lovely sweet bread, with whole variety of fillings, depending on the origin of the recipe. In continental parts there is walnut or poppy seed roll, in Istria, you will find a moist apple and walnut filling while you could easily stumble upon carob roll in Dalmatia. Nut rolls, however, are not exclusively Croatian; you will find them in most Eastern European countries around Christmas time, and they are all delicious, especially when served with a cup of tea or coffee.
How to Make Povitica?
For starters, you need to make some enriched yeast dough. While the dough is fermenting, you should prepare a filling of your choice. I’m using poppy seeds in this recipe simply because I adore their deep nutty flavor and there is no walnut or apple that can compete with it! Then roll out the dough in a form of a rectangle, spread the filling and roll it up. Place your roll into a pan, leave it to prove, and bake when ready.
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