Looking for nut rolls (aka povitica or potica)...know any eastern european bakeries?
I'm trying to find a particular pastry I had growing up at Easter. According to my mother, my Czech great-grandmother used to make them. At some point after she passed away, my family began ordering them each year from a woman my mother thinks might be Hungarian. The woman sold nut, poppy and prune rolls through a local church. Sadly, the woman has since retired and our freezer stash is depleted.
We're tried several other nut rolls, mostly from Polish bakeries, but they are all very bready - the rolls I grew up on had a lighter, somewhat pastry-like consistency to the dough. They were very thinly rolled with a filling of a sweet ground nut paste.
As far as I can tell from googling, the recipe we're used to is more similar to the Slovak and Croatian varieties than the Polish.
Anyone know where I might find these in the Boston area?
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you can buy poppy rolls- large and small in all Russian grocerey stores in Brighton and Brookline and also in Baza in Newton. They also sell small nut cookie rolls that may be similar to what you are looking for.
30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464
I think I know what you're describing. I haven't found them in Boston, but I have a recipe (from my Polish in-laws) that sounds like what you are looking for. they are surprisingly easy to make, just a little time-consuming. if you're interested I'll make a post on the home cooking board.
I put a note in the recipe about how my in-laws let the loaves rise before baking, although the original recipe says NOT to do this. I wonder if that's a Polish variation...I've had the poppy seed rolls from Baltic Deli in Dorchester, and they are yummy but definately have more bread-like dough than these homemade ones. Next time I make them I will try skipping the rise and see if they are more pastry-like.
Note to the OP: you can buy jars of Polish plum butter that might work as a prune filling in this recipe. It's pretty thick stuff - we've used it as a filling for paczki.
Baltic Deli & Cafe
632 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127
I know them as hungarian rolls - but I haven't found any here in Boston. I love this question as they are one of my favorite treats! When visiting relatives in PA I always buy some rolls for the road and the freezer. The place we go to (Kiffle Kitchen) does do mailorder if you are interested! http://www.kifflekitchen.com/