Grandma's Potica

Sue Huhn


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.

★★★★★ 2 votes
2 loaves
3 Hr
30 Min


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


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

How to Make Grandma's Potica


  • 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.

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About Grandma's Potica

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

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