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Almond Crescents
/ Cuisine: Ukraine

Ingredients

Qty unit Ingredient
2 cups
1 package
1 cup
2 large
3/4 cup
2 cup
3/4 cup
1/4 teaspoon

Directions:

Before baking, preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C / Gas Mark 5

- Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
- Toast and roughly chop the almonds.

For the pastry:
Mix together the flour and yeast in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry fork, or 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Stir in the egg yolks and sour cream. Mix well. The mixture will still be crumbly.

Form the dough into a ball using your hands, working it as little as possible. The less you knead, the more tender the pastry will be. The dough will be tacky.

Wrap it in waxed paper and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

For the filling:
Prepare the filling by combining the ground almonds and brown sugar in a small bowl.

Beat together the egg whites and salt until stiff, and carefully fold them into the nut mixture.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

When the dough is thoroughly chilled, divide it into three balls. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out three circles about 1/8" thick. Work on a well-floured surface to prevent the dough from sticking.

Cut each circle into eight pie-shaped wedges and spread the wedges equally with the filling.

Starting at the wide end, roll each wedge up like a little croissant and then pull the ends into a curve to form a "horn." Make sure the point is on the bottom so the "horns" will not open up while baking.

Place the almond crescents on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, until golden and puffed.

Karen M. | January 21st, 2022

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