Week 8 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:
Don’t you wish there was a rule that all cookbooks should have a picture for every recipe? Have you ever looked at recipe that has no picture to go along with it and imagined how it would look and taste? Does it live up to your expectations or do you feel as if you a stumbling around in the dark? Some recipes are straight forward and you know what is expected but others especially if not written well are a little hard to follow. For the first time this week I was a little let down by an Australia Women’s Weekly recipe. I know…shock… horror… we Australians would never think the “Weekly” would let us down.
Let me explain. I had been wanting to make this recipe for some time and had jotted it down as a “to-try” recipe. This original recipe called for an almond dough filled with prunes and plum jam. However for my version, I substituted dried apricots and apricot jam. Once the dough is prepared the instructions state “Divide dough in half. Roll each half between sheets of baking paper until large enough to be cut into 22 cm circle”. “Cut each round into eight wedges”. That’s 16 wedges, right? But the recipe states it make 28. Well, I couldn’t figure out how this was going to work. So, each circle was cut into 12 wedges and 24 cookies were made. I was disappointed that the instructions were not clear and the cold pastry really had trouble rolling into nice crescent shapes. However, I am pleased with the flavour and would make them again. Actually next time I would like to cut them into only eight wedges and make larger cookies which I think would make a great breakfast with coffee. This is wonderful cookie with a tart flavour of the apricots and a hint of lemon in the pastry. Certainly a great addition to the Christmas table.
The cream cheese in the dough give great results.
Apricot and Almond Crescents
225g plain flour
60g almond meal
55g castor sugar
2 teaspoon lemon rind
90g cream cheese
90g butter, chopped coarsely
2 tablespoon milk
1 egg white
20g flaked or slivered almonds
60g dried apricots
80g apricot jam
55g castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Process flour, almond meal, sugar and rind until combined. Add cream cheese and butter, pulse until crumbly. Add milk, process until ingredients come together.
Knead the dough lightly on floured surface until smooth. Divide dough in half. Roll each half between sheets of baking paper until large enough to be cut into 22cm rounds. (Use a plate or a cake pan for this). Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking trays with baking paper.
Make filling by combining ingredients in a small bowl.
Cut each round into 12 edges, spread with filling, roll from the wide end into crescents. Place on oven trays, brush with egg white, sprinkle with nuts.
Bake crescents 25 minutes. Cool on trays.
I hope you enjoy these and all the Christmas Cookies my fellow bloggers have come up with this week for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Challenge! Check them out below!