Friday, 13 April 2012

Nana's Vanilla Kipfle

My Nanna seldom shared her recipes. This one time, a friend of hers asked how to make crumbed chicken drumsticks for an engagement party. She gave over the recipe save one small step – that you boil the chicken before crumbing. Needless to say the drumsticks looked perfect, golden brown, but were raw on the inside. Not long before she passed away she made these ‘Hungarian’ jam filled biscuits for me, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take notes.
I promise – I didn’t leave out any steps.   
Ingredients:
3 cups plain flour
3 cups self-raising flour
250g fairy cooking margarine
250g western star butter
25g vanilla sugar
1 cup of sugar
4 egg yolks
350g sour cream
300g plum conserve jam
icing sugar to dust

Method:
1.      Pre-heat oven to 180°C and line tray with baking paper
2.      Sift the plain flour and self-raising flour in a large bowl and mix
3.      Cut the margarine and butter into small cubes and add to the flour, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
4.      Add both the vanilla sugar and sugar and mix in
5.      Add the egg yolks and sour cream and mix to form a soft dough (may need to remove from the bowl and knead lightly on bench)
6.      Roll dough into a log and cut into 6 portions
7.      Working with one portion at a time roll out flat on a well-floured surface until thin (the thinner you can get the dough the better)
8.      Using a knife cut long horizontal strips (roughly 10 cm in width), cut the strips into kite-like shapes (alternate vertical and angled cuts)
9.      At the top of the kite-like shape spoon a teaspoon of jam
10.  Roll the dough over the jam and bend to form a crescent moon shape
11.  Repeat steps 7 to 10.
12.  Bake in oven until just coloured.
13.  Place vanilla kipfle on wire rack to cool
14.  Dust with icing sugar and serve
15.  Makes a bucket load

Notes:
1.      You can half the ingredients as this recipe makes a lot
2.      Instead of making kipfle try rolling the dough out and using cookie cutters to make yummy cookies
3.      Instead of adding jam at step 9 try adding walnuts: process walnuts in a food processor until crumbly, add a little sugar and a little water
4.      I used ‘Fruta Povidl plum flavoured filling’ brand of plum jam (do not use regular plum jam, it is not thick enough)

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