Polish Twist (Thief Boys)

Linda P


Grandma's favorite.


★★★★★ 2 votes

4 dozen
2 Hr
15 Min


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  • 1 1/2 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    warm water
  • 1 1/2 c
    butter, divided
  • 2 1/3 c
    sugar, divided
  • 3/4 c
    hot milk
  • 5 c
    all purpose flour, divided
  • 3
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c
    walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground

How to Make Polish Twist (Thief Boys)


  1. Mix yeast, sugar and warm water together. Set aside
  2. Combine 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Add hot milk and stir until butter is melted. Add to yeast mixture.
  3. Add 2 cups flour and beat until smooth; beat in eggs. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. Melt remaining 1 cup butter and place in a small bowl. Place remaining sugar in a small bowland mix with 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Place nuts in a small bowl.
  5. Divide dough into fourths. Shape each fourth into 12 inch rolls. Divide each roll into 12 pieces, and shape each piece into a 7-inch rope. Dip each into melted butter, then sugar & cinnamon mixture, then butter, then chopped nuts. Fold each rope into half; twist to make a braid. Place on greased baking sheet and cover. Let rise until double, about 20 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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About Polish Twist (Thief Boys)

Course/Dish: Cakes, Sweet Breads

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