Travados (Sephardic nut pastries)

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    This is a Turkish Sephardic recipe for holiday pastries served at Purim and Rosh Hashana.

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    Makes: 25 pieces

    • For the pastry
    • 250ml vegetable oil
    • 120ml water
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder or 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 400g plain flour, sifted
    • For the filling
    • 3 pinches of ground cardamom
    • 50g almonds, chopped
    • 50g walnuts, chopped
    • 50g hazelnuts, chopped
    • 1 egg
    • 6 tablespoons honey
    • For the syrup
    • 150ml water
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 100g honey
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. In a large bowl mix oil, water and baking powder. Gradually add the flour and mix until a soft mixture forms. If it is dry and crumbly, add more water or oil; if it is wet, add more flour. Knead well. Wrap in plastic foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    2. In a bowl mix almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, egg and honey.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Roll out the mixture thin enough to cut out 25 circles using a drinking glass. Place a heaped teaspoon of filling in the centre of each circle. Fold over to form a semi-circle and press down the edges with your fingertips to seal. Place on a baking tray.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
    6. Bring water, sugar, honey and lemon juice to the boil in a large wide pot and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat. Place the lukewarm pastries in the syrup and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and serve.

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