Cinnamon Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

My sweet friends over at Vitamix sent me a Dry Grains Container to accompany my new blender and I’m in love! I literally make just about everything in my Vitamix, and now my life is complete because I can also make bread with it…something I never realized was possible! Sure, I’ve made batter for a quick bread or muffins, but never thought of using my Vitamix to knead yeasted bread! Well let me tell you it is amazing! I chose to make this Walnut Cinnamon Swirl Bread as a special treat! It has a few steps, so let’s walk through them together!

First, prepare the wet ingredients (melt the butter, scald the milk, etc)! The most important thing to note about this process is to make sure that your ingredients are below 105 degrees F before combining them with the yeast. Once that prep work is finished, add the dry ingredients to the dry grains container and pulse until a hole forms in the middle, like this…

Cinnamon Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

  • 2 TBS warm water
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ cup milk 2% or whole
  • 3 TBS granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBS butter melted
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Walnut Filling:
  • ¼ cup milk 2% or whole
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 ¾ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg yolk lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Make the dough:

  1. In a small bowl, stir 1/2 cup sugar, and yeast into warm water. Set aside until foamy (about 5 minutes)
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk to just below boiling (about 180°F), stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly, until it is about 110°F.
  3. Once cooled, whisk in the melted butter, 3 TBS sugar and salt to the milk until combined. Add egg, vanilla and yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Add flour into the Vitamix Dry Grains Container and pulse until a hole forms in the middle.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the hole in the flour in the Vitamix and pulse for 2 seconds. Scrape down the sides and pulse again.
  6. Repeat this process (pulse for 2 seconds the scrape down sides) until the ingredients are combined and form a dough. (Be careful not to pulse longer than 2 seconds or the dough could become too warm and kill the yeast)!
  7. Add up to 2 TBS more flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  8. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball.
  9. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a warm, damp tea towel.
  10. Let the dough rise for 1.5 hours in a warm place, or until doubled in size.

Make the filling:

  1. While the dough is rising, put the milk and butter into the wet container of your Vitamix
  2. Blend on medium-high speed until mixture is hot and steam is coming out of the Vitamix (2-4 minutes).
  3. Add Walnuts, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and pulse a few times until the ingredients are combined and walnuts are crushed into smaller pieces.
  4. Add egg yolk and vanilla and pulse to combine.
  5. Allow mixture to stand at room temperature until dough is ready.

Putting it together:

  1. Line a 9x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and grease with butter. Set aside.
  2. After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and place on a well-floured surface.
  3. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 18” by 17” in size. Be sure dough is thin but not so thin that you can see through it (about ¼” thick).
  4. Spread the filling evenly on the dough, leaving about 1/2” at the edges bare. (If your filling has become too thick to spread, add warm milk ½ TBS at a time until it just reaches spreading consistency).
  5. Staring at the edge of your rectangle, roll the dough tightly together making a jelly roll (see picture). Be sure to apply pressure and keep rolling tightly until it resembles a rope.
  6. Gently stretch out the “rope” and lift it into your prepared loaf pan, making an “S” shape as you put it in. (To do this, fold the dough into thirds in your pan (see pictures)).
  7. Cover the pan with a damp towel and let it sit in a warm place for at least 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. After 15 minutes turn down the oven to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 minutes (about 1 hour total), or until done (will sound hollow when hit with a wooden spoon). Check your bread after about 30 minutes and cover with aluminum foil if it is getting too brown.
  10. Remove bread from the oven. Cool for 20-30 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  11. Cool completely before cutting.

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