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Grandma's Nut Bread

Grandma's Nut Bread

A holiday tradition!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 12 cups flour
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ pound butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 packets fast rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nut Bread Filling

  • 6 pounds English walnuts
  • 1 pound graham crackers
  • vegetable oil or melted shortening
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 ½ cups  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites


Instructions for the bread

  • Place flour in a large mixing bowl, add salt.
  • Dissolve sugar in 1 cup warm milk, mix into flour and mix well.
  •  Melt butter into a little milk and mix with flour mixture and blend thoroughly.
  • Add powdered yeast to mixture (OR dissolve cake yeast in a little warm milk and add to mixture -DO NOT DO BOTH!).
  • Add yeast and slightly beaten eggs and remaining milk and vanilla.  
  • Knead well for about 15 minutes!
  •  Sprinkle flour around dough and place in a pan to raise until double in bulk. Divide into eight balls

For the filling

  • Grind nuts and graham crackers, until about the consistency of sand.
  •  Add about 2 cups of warm milk, add sugar, beat egg-whites until stiff
  •  Add to nut mixture and stir well.
  • Add vanilla extract.  Add remaining milk and mix well.
  • Roll out dough and brush oil lightly on rolled dough.
  • Spread with nut mixture.   Roll like a jelly roll.
  •  Bake on cookie sheets in a moderate oven (300-350 depending on the oven) until the outside of the loaves are golden brown.
  • Slice into ½ inch rounds when the loaves are cool
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