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Hungarian Walnut Pastries

About this recipe: These biscuits are also known as kifli. A buttery biscuit dough is enriched with egg yolks and cream cheese, filled with sweetened walnuts and baked.

Lisa

Ingredients
Makes: 48 pastries

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 225g butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 310g plain flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 225g ground walnuts
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 40g icing sugar for decoration

Method
Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:9hr chilling  ›  Ready in:9hr40min 

  1. In a medium bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla. Stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until it is fully incorporated. Divide dough into 5 parts, wrap in cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  2. in a medium bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Add sugar a little at a time while continuing to beat to stiff peaks. Fold in ground walnuts and set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 3 to 5mm thickness. Cut into 7.5cm squares, place 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the centre of each square and roll up from corner to corner. Place on baking trays and chill until hardened.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bake pastries for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Roll in icing sugar when cool.

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