This irresistible bread pays homage to a popular eastern European bread called povitica. The sweet dough is spread with a walnut-chocolate paste, rolled into a long rope and baked in a loaf pan to give its signature swirled appearance and loose, pull-apart feel.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday 2012
Chocolate Walnut Filling:
MethodIn large bowl, dissolve 1/2 tsp of the sugar in 2 tbsp warm water; stir in yeast. Let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.
In small saucepan, bring milk to simmer. Remove from heat; whisk in remaining sugar and salt. Whisk into yeast mixture along with eggs, butter and vanilla. Using wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Place in large greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
Chocolate Walnut Filling: In bowl, combine walnuts, sugar and cocoa. In small saucepan, bring milk and 1/4 cup of the butter to simmer; stir into walnut mixture. Stir in egg, vanilla and salt. Cover and set aside.
On floured surface, cut dough in half. Roll out half into 16- x 10-inch (40 x 25 cm) rectangle. Brush with half of the remaining butter, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border along 1 long edge; spread with half of the filling.
Starting with uncovered long edge, roll up tightly into cylinder; cut in half. Place halves, side by side, in greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough; place, side by side, on top of rolls in pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Topping: Brush loaf with butter; sprinkle with sugar. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven, tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until golden and top sounds hollow when tapped, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely.
Nutritional facts Per slice: about
- Fibre 2 g
- Sodium 221 mg
- Sugars 18 g
- Protein 7 g
- Calories 328.0
- Total fat 18 g
- Potassium 157 mg
- Cholesterol 66 mg
- Saturated fat 6 g
- Total carbohydrate 38 g
- Iron 13.0
- Folate 36.0
- Calcium 4.0
- Vitamin A 9.0