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Poticza

Author: Susan Reid

Poticza Recipe

Slovene families bake these traditional loaves using recipes handed down through generations. This is a rich bread for special occasions, filled with an abundant sweet filling of ground nuts and spice. It's so good you'll want to keep both loaves!

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
2 loaves
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Dough

Filling

Topping

  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  1. To make the dough: Place the butter, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Bring the milk to a simmer on the stove or in the microwave and pour over the ingredients. Stir briefly, then let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
  2. When cooled, whisk in the eggs, yeast, and vanilla. Whisk 1 cup of the all-purpose flour with the potato flour (or potato flakes) and stir into the wet ingredients. Add the remaining flour, mixing to form a soft dough.
  3. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, until shiny and smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour, then refrigerate it for at least 1 hour, and as long as overnight.
  4. To make the filling: Put the nuts, sugar, Instant ClearJel, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process in short bursts to grind the nuts.
  5. With the machine running, add the eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the orange zest (if using) and pulse to incorporate.
  6. To assemble: On a greased work surface, roll the dough into a 26" x 18" rectangle, with a long side facing you. Spread the filling evenly over the surface, leaving 1" of one long edge uncovered.
  7. Roll the dough toward the uncovered edge, pinching to seal the seam and the ends to enclose the filling.
  8. Grease two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans and line with parchment. Cut the rolled dough in half. Bring the ends of each half together to make a ring shape and place each in a pan with the seam facing down. Press the dough down gently with your hand to fill in the corners.
  9. Cover the loaves and let them rise until puffy, up to 1 1/2 hours. Toward the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  10. When the loaves have risen, brush the tops with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the finely chopped nuts.
  11. Bake the loaves for 50 to 55 minutes. Check the tops after 20 minutes, tenting with foil if necessary to keep them from over-browning. The breads are done when the centers read 190°F when measured with a digital thermometer.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans on a rack for 20 minutes before tipping out of the pans and returning to the rack to finish cooling completely.
  13. Store bread, well wrapped, on the counter for up to three days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice, 44g
  • Servings Per Batch 2 loaves, 32 slices
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 173
  • Calories from Fat 126
  • Total Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 33mg
  • Sodium 108mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.