Sophia Saliwonczyk’s Nut Roll Rocks!

By Barbara Rolek
 
Sophia says "Dobro nam dosli," which means "good that you came" in Serbian.

Sophia says "dobro nam dosli," which means "good that you came" in Serbian. © 2008 Barbara Rolek

Sophia Sekerez Saliwonczyk, of Crown Point, Ind., is a nut-roll baker extraordinarie. Originally from Gary, Ind., the mother of five — Michael, Gregory, Nicholas, Lisa and Laurie — has been making Serbian nut roll for the past 30 years and has passed the tradition on to her own children.

She welcomes you into her kitchen with “dobro nam dosli” — Serbian for “good that you came” or welcome. The aromas are heavenly as she displays a table spread with pastries of all sorts, including Russian tea cakes, kolachky (a variation of Polish kolaczki, http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishdesserts/r/kolaczki.htm), honey-dipped cookies and her specialty, nut roll! 

Here is a picture of Sophia and her boys as they dive into her homemade nut roll in 1978.

Michael, Gregory, Nicholas and Sophia Saliwonczyk

Michael, Gregory, Nicholas and Sophia © 2008 Barbara Rolek

For the nut roll recipe, pictured below, visit my About.com Web site at http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/desserts/r/nutroll.htm.

Sophia Saliwonczyk's Serbian Nut Roll © 2008 Barbara Rolek

Sophia Saliwonczyk's Serbian Nut Roll © 2008 Barbara Rolek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the honey-dipped cookie recipe, pictured below, visit my About.com site at http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/crossculturaldesserts/r/honeycookies.htm

 

Sophia Saliwonczyk's Honey-Dipped Cookies © 2008 Barbara Rolek

Sophia Saliwonczyk's Honey-Dipped Cookies © 2008 Barbara Rolek

 

For the Russian tea cake recipe, pictured below, visit my About.com Web site at
For the kolachky recipe, pictured below, visit my About.com Web site at
Kolachky © 2008 Barbara Rolek

Sophia Saliwonczyk's Kolachky © 2008 Barbara Rolek

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9 responses to “Sophia Saliwonczyk’s Nut Roll Rocks!

  1. jacksonsaliwonczyk

    I really enjoyed eating the nut roll.

  2. i am of surbian origin, and i remember all my aunts and my grandmother making nut roll and peroiges at one of the churches. i loved going and smelling all the smellsit was like being in heaven. all the recipes you have on here are alot of the ones i miss indulging in. so i am going to try my hand at them and hope i make my families taste buds water like my aunts and grandmother use tomake mine.
    thank you for the website.

  3. Sophia,
    I too was glad to see this website. Born in Gary, Indiana of Serbian, Lithu, & Croation decent. I always love to see real recipes. It reminds me of when I was real small going into Gary with my Dad to the Slovak Club and having home made Perioge that the ladies there made. I now also make my own. My kids of course think its too much work and just wait for me to make them. Have a wonderful holiday!!!!

  4. Thanks for visiting, Victoria. I’ll let you know when I have my content up on Serbian Christmas. That will be on http://easteuropeanfood.about.com, not this Web site. Happy Holidays!

  5. The Serbian nut roll sounds exquisite and I would like to serve it this Easter, but I have a question about the recipe: is the amount of sour cream written correctly, meaning a total of 32 ounces? Please let me know, and thanks so very much for sharing your treasured recipes! Bridget

  6. Do you know which restaurant grilled and sold cevops on the Pierogifest this year, 2015? It was a new place this year and they were delicious. I bought some frozen but they are gone now and would like to go and restock. If you know, please pass on the name.

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