Victoria Skonieczki's (Grandmom's) Nut Roll (Makowiec)
This Polish/Czech holiday roll is great as a dessert or breakfast treat. This bread may be filled with nut meats or a poppy seed filling. You can freeze the loaves after they are completely cooled.
Do not use English black walnuts; the taste is too strong.
Make the filling first, as it needs to cool. For an alternate filling, combine one 25-ounce can poppy seed filling, 1/4 cup raisins (optional), 2 to 3 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
This bread will be lighter when baked on less-humid days and denser when baked on humid or rainy days. I prefer the dense bread, so I now bake the bread with a pan of water at the bottom of the oven.