It’s Easter time again so that means we get to indulge in the best Polish Nut Roll recipe, one from my Grandma. (Also known as Easter Nut Roll)
Memories are reinforced in many ways. You can hear a song that will remind you of that time you were singing in the car with your best friends. You can smell the ocean and have your memories of the time you took surfing lessons. Food is another one of those triggers that will bring back strong memories.
For me, this recipe, brings not just one but a series of memories. Unfortunately, I was too young when my Grandma passed away, that I don’t really remember this from when she was still alive. But it does bring back memories of my mom.
Whenever my mom made this recipe, she would make it in huge batches. My mom would make 20-30 nut rolls for Easter. I remember helping my mom measure the flour and helping her make the filling. I remember the smell of the dough rising (my mom never really made many homemade breads outside of this recipe), the smell of the rolls baking in the oven, and just dying to eat them when the first batch was done. Would my mom let us? Oh no, we had to make sure we had enough.
My mom would ice all but a handful of the nut rolls (in the early days I think she iced them all), then wrapped them in plastic wrap. She would put a bow on top, and then we would hand them out to neighbors, friends, etc. 20 nut rolls would go very quickly.
But one of the memories that stands so strong for me is when I would bring the nut rolls over to our next door neighbor, Barbara and Sandy. Barbara would just smile and open it up to take a look the minute I brought her the nut roll. I just loved being able to bring a smile to her face, and I’m so glad to have these memories of her and Sandy.
Now that Barbara has passed on, my mom has passed on, Sandy has passed on, this nut roll recipe, even just looking at it, is just full of wonderful memories.
I hope you make your memories with this recipe too. Enjoy!