The end of the year is fast approaching and everyone seems to anticipate the festive time ahead.
I’ve already seen shops displayed their glittery decoration. And I’m completely astound how this year has gone so fast…
I can’t really say that I’m on a Christmas mode yet. I’m fine for now enjoying Spring. In the plate. And outside. Or maybe because I’m more last minute and improvisation than planning ahead.
So I was the first surprised when I uploaded the picture above and thought to myself: this really looks christmas-y…
Well, Paprika has been waiting for a while that I bake these vaníliás kifli. The Hungarian name comes from the crescent shape -kifli- and the vanilla flavour -vaníliás.
Researching afterwards about these cookies, I found out they were traditionally baked at Christmas time (once again !) but now enjoy all year round. The eggless dough is commonly made with walnut meal, but almond works just fine too.
Heavily sprinkled with icing sugar they look like little moon.
They were gone in a blink of an eye…
The recipe has been given to me by the teacher of my Hungarian course. The slight changes I’ve made are between brackets.
Vaníliás Kifli – Hungarian Walnut Biscuit
Makes about 70
250gr or 2 cups flour (210gr)
200gr or 2/3 cup + 1/4 cup unsalted butter, soften (+ if you make it with almond meal)
80gr or 2/3 cup icing sugar
60gr or 1/3 cup ground walnut (100gr ground almond)
5-6 drops vanilla essence (Good pinch of vanilla powder)
Icing sugar for dusting
In a bowl mix with your hand all the ingredients to form smooth paste. Let it rest covered in a cool place (not the fridge) for 30 minutes.
Butter two baking trays -or line them with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C/356°F. Cut the dough in 4 equal parts and roll to shape it like a log of 2cm/1 inch diameter. Cut the log every 5cm/2 inches and shape each piece like a crescent. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with icing sugar.
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