Recently, I joined an online baking community, hosted by The Daring Kitchen. We, the Daring Bakers, are challenged to a different baking task each month.
The August Daring Bakers' Challenge took us for a spin! Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen taught us to make rolled pastries inspired by Kurtoskalacs, a traditional Hungarian wedding pastry. These tasty yeasted delights gave us lots to celebrate!
Swathi writes, "In the small villages of Hargita County, Romania, families prepare this delicious pastry for every special occasion (weddings, christenings) the way they learned it from previous generations. Grandmothers wake up in the early morning to knead the fresh yeast dough and fire up the brick oven at the back of the house. By the time the wood is smoldering, the dough is ready to be wrapped around a wooden cylinder, rolled into sugar and slowly baked on the fire. Traditionally it is made on a grill or brick oven; nowadays it is made in electric oven."
Let me be frank: these were challenging! In her tutorial, Swathi used a wooden rolling pin to wrap her pastry; mine's plastic of some sort, so I used toilet paper rolls wrapped in layers of aluminum foil.
Do I recommend making these? Sort of.
They taste delicious, but I'm not sure they're worth the hassle!
As a side note, my father-in-law gave me a jar of authentic Kentucky moonshine, left over from when he lived there. He said that my blog wasn't legit until I actually used moonshine, so here it is!
Adapted from Joepastry
1/4 c. coffee-infused moonshine or other alcohol (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)
1/4 c. almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
1/2 ripe banana, smushed
3 T. coconut oil, softened
pinch of sea salt
2 T. organic cane sugar
1 3/4 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour, like Bob's Red Mill
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
melted coconut oil, for brushing
sugar and cinnamon, for dusting
Okay, so I sort of cheated and used a bread machine.
Load your bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. (For mine, I’m supposed to load it with the liquid ingredients first, then dry, followed by the flour and yeast last. I listed the ingredients in the order that I would put them in.)
Once it’s loaded, plug it in and set it to the “dough” setting. Sit back and relax!
Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a wooden rolling pin with 2-3 layers of aluminum foil (or use cardboard toilet paper rolls) and grease them with a little coconut oil.
Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface. Once the bread machine is through its cycle, take the dough out and pat it down so the dough is covered in flour. Divide it into four chunks of dough.
Roll out one dough chunk to about a 1/2 inch in width.
Using a pizza cutter (or pastry cutter), cut a circular pattern around the dough, as depicted below.
Wrap the dough around the greased forms and stand them up in a muffin tin. (If you're using a rolling pin, set it across a 8x12 sheet cake pan. Repeat with the rest of the dough (if using toilet rolls).
Brush each coil with the melted coconut oil - you'll only need a few tablespoons - and dust with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake them for about 25 minutes.
Top these suckers with whatever you'd like. Let me know if you make them and how they turned out!