Breakfast,Desserts

Vegan walnut roll – potica

This delicious Slovenian easter treat is called “potica” and has to be on the table every Easter.

Here in Slovenia we have so many amazing traditional foods and one of them is this delicious dessert called potica. It is a rolled dessert made from sweet yeast dough, filled with delicious walnut filling. Its origin goes back to 16th century, when first ones were stuffed with different kinds of dried fruits (apples, pears, plums). Today traditional one is made with walnuts, but you can also fill it with coconut, carob, hazelnuts, poppy seed or other kind of filling.

We also made a coconut one with chocolate dough and it’s just amazing!

Our grandma used to make the best potica when we were little, but it wasn’t vegan, so we used decided to change the recipe a bit and create a vegan version and we have to say that is the best one we ever tried. It’s really soft and fluffy and wallnut filling makes it very moist and heavenly delicious. We make it for our family and friends and everyone is impressed with it. Everytime we make it, it’s gone in minutes!

Yeast dough

Slovenian potica is made with yeast dough, which makes it really soft and fluffy.

This homemade dough is going to become your favorite dough for sweet bread, buns or rolls. The dough is really simple to make, the main ingredients are:

  • flour,
  • yeast (dry or fresh),
  • plant based milk (for desserts) or water (for savoury meals),
  • oil (coconut, sunflower, olive or other),
  • sugar (for desserts),
  • salt.

We love making desserts with yeast dough, because they are so soft and fluffy and there are so many options on how to shape and fill them.

You can make delicious cinnamon, carob or blueberry rolls, donuts, yeast dumplings and many more amazing desserts.

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Recipe

Potica

theveganharmony

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 42 g fresh yeast
  • 600 g flour
  • 340 ml plant milk (we use rice milk)
  • 25 g coconut sugar
  • 25 g coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar

Walnut mixture

  • 600 g ground walnuts
  • 200 ml plant milk
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 50 g coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 125 ml aquafaba

Prepared yeast is made from

  • 42 g fresh yeast
  • 6 tbsp warm water (not hot)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions
 

Dough

  • For prepared yeast mix all ingredients (yeast, water, flour, sugar) together and put it on a warm place until it raises.
  • Put flour in a bowl and add salt on the outer circle.
  • Add sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest and turmeric, prepared yeast, coconut oil and rice milk in the middle and mix it together.
  • Cover and let it rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Walnut mixture

  • Blend walnuts and pour them with hot milk.
  • Add coconut sugar, vanilla sugar, rum and aquafaba (blend it with any sweetener until it gets really thick) and mix it well together.

Roll

  • Roll out the dough into a square, spread on the walnut mixture and sprinkle with 60g raisins.
  • Roll the dough and put it in a baking pan.
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Then bake on 180°C and cover with baking paper when it gets a nice brown color. Bake for around 75 min.

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