Grandma’s Povitica (Croatian Nut Roll) [Easy Dough]

Indulge in Grandma’s Povitica, a Croatian Nut Roll made with an easy dough. Experience the symphony of flavors and culinary heritage with every bite. Craft this traditional treat for a taste of Croatia’s culinary soul.

Discover the flavors of Croatia with our Grandma’s Povitica, a traditional nut roll that will tantalize your taste buds.

With easy-to-follow instructions and a symphony of ingredients, this recipe will guide you through the art of preparing this sweet masterpiece.

From the initial rise of the dough to the final golden-brown crust, each step is a culinary adventure that will transport you to the heart of Croatian cuisine.

Let’s embark on this delightful journey together, baking a treat that will be cherished by family and friends alike.

Ready Time

4 hrs 55 mins


10 servings


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cups finely chopped walnuts


To craft this traditional Croatian treat, begin by nurturing the yeast in warm water until it froths. Then, in a symphony of flavors, blend in the lukewarm milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt, and flour, kneading until the dough is supple and yielding.

Allow it to double in volume, signaling its readiness for culinary transformation.

Unleash your inner baker by rolling out the dough into a majestic 20×30-inch rectangle. Next, orchestrate a harmonious filling by whisking together brown sugar, softened butter, an egg, milk, vanilla essence, lemon zest, and the star of the show – finely chopped walnuts.

Spread this delectable filling evenly over the dough and roll it up tightly.

With artistry and care, shape it into a majestic snail, ready to adorn the baking sheet. Grant it a final rise until it imprints when gently pressed.

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Preheat your culinary haven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, the ideal temperature for this sweet masterpiece to emerge.

Allow it to bake until its surface achieves a golden-brown allure, a testament to its inner perfection. Slice and savor this delightful Povitica, a testament to the culinary heritage of Croatia, with each bite a celebration of tradition and delectable craftsmanship.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 560
  • Total Fat: 23g (35% DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 10g (50% DV)
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 110mg (37% DV)
  • Sodium: 300mg (13% DV)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 78g (26% DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g (16% DV)
  • Sugar: 40g (44% DV)
  • Protein: 13g (26% DV)
Grandma's Povitica (Croatian Nut Roll)
Easy Croatian Nut Roll

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