Apr 10, 2010

Cinnamon Blessings

This is a very old and traditional Czech recipe usually made during carnival which takes place every year in March. However, they can be made during whole year because they are pretty good :) The recipe itself is very easy and fast. I made them in the evening because I felt like eating something sweet yet crispy in the same time. Both the preparation and frying only take a few minutes. Thanks to the frying they become nicely crispy.

And here comes the recipe...

You'll need for aprox. 33 pieces:
  • 250 g plain flour, sifted
  • 50 g unsalted butter, soft
  • 50 g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp milk - maybe a little more
  • 2 tbsp rum or white wine or beer (I used whisky cream)
  • oil for frying
  • icing sugar + cinnamon for dusting

1. Mix together flour, butter and all the other ingredients (except those for dusting and frying) in a bowl.
2. Keep mixing using your own hands until a little shiny and bubbly.
3. Roll out the dough using rolling pin (thickness should be about 3 mm).

4. Now cut out small squares or other shapes (depends on you :)).
5. Fry them in very warm oil in a pan (or in a fryer) until brown or almost lightly black (really only A LITTLE).
6. During frying mix together icing sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl (the amount is up to you and your taste).

7. When fried, dip the blessings into the cinnamon sugar (stonger layer is the best!) and serve.

Bon Appetite!

The Final Word:
These blessings are really extremely tasty, but next time I won't be so careful when it comes to cinnamon. I should have used a little bit more to make the cinnamon flavour stronger, but otherwise it's true treasure. Enjoy!
Rating: ****/*****

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