Grandma's Potica

Sue Huhn

By
@Wiscdance

This is my Slovenian grandmother's recipe. She made it every year for Christmas. I've continued the tradition by making loaves for my family at Christmas as well.
This is a special treat for the family and a wonderful family tradition.

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
2 loaves
Prep:
3 Hr
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

DOUGH

1/2 c
milk
1/4 c
sugar
1 tsp
salt
1/4 c
shortening, plus extra to greasing pans
1/3 c
water, warm
2 pkg
active dry yeast
2
eggs
3 - 31/2 c
flour

WALNUT FILLING

1/4 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
packed, dark brown sugar
1
egg, beaten
2 c
ground walnuts
1 Tbsp
orang rind (optional)

Step-By-Step

1Scald milk
Add sugar, salt and 1/4 C shortening
Cool to lukewarm
2Measure water (warm, not hot) into a large bowl
Add yeast.
Stir until dissolved
Stir yeast into luke warm milk mixture
3Put half the flour into a large bowl
Add eggs
Add milk/yeast mixture
Beat until smooth
4Stir in remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic.
Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top of dough.
5Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts until double in bulk, about one hour.
6While dough is rising mix all ingredients for walnut filling.
7When dough has doubled in bulk, punch down.
Turn out onto lightly floured board.
Divided in half
8Roll each half out into an oblong (about 20" x 10")
Spread each portion evenly with filling.
9Roll up jelly roll fashion, starting at the long side.
Cut roll into 3 equal pieces.
10Place the 3 pieces with seam side down in eachof the greased 8" x 4" x 2" loaf pans.
11Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough rounds slightly above the top of the pans, about one hour.
12Bake at 350 degrees about 25 to 30 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tag: Heirloom