Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pistachio Sugar Snails

This is one of my favorite recipes but sometimes it takes a lot of time to actually make it, that is why I have a "long" version of the recipe and a " short" version of the same :-). You can chose form either, they are prety much the same in taste.

Long version
( you can actually use a bread machine for the dough)

3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
8 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 cup water
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1 egg white ( to brush on top before baking)

Mix the sugar, eggs and vanilla together. Mix the dry yeast with the flour and add them to the egg mixture. Knead a dough from the mixture and then with a roller pin roll inch thick dough crust. Brush the top of the crust with melted butter and fold in half. Then roll with the roller pin on top and brush again with butter, fold in half again. Repeat this 4 times. When you roll the dough the last time instead of brushing with butter, spread the cream on top. ( recipe for the cream below)

The cream:
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup chopped pistachios

Mix the softened butter with the sugar, until smooth. Add the cinnamon, cocoa and pistachios together and stir until well blended.

After you spread the cream on top of the dough, roll it and cut 1.5 inch thick circles from it. Spray a non-stick spray on a square sheet pan. Place the dough circles in the pan and leave it to rise about 30min in it. After the dough had raised, brush with the egg white on top and place the pan in a warm oven ( around 190F), bake for 10 min and then switch the temperature to 350F. Bake another 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
After you take the sugar "snails" out of the oven, let them completely cool down and then pour the warm ( not hot!) syrup on top( recipe below).

The syrup:
1 and 1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
Combine the ingredients in a pan and boil until the quantity is reduced in half. Leave the syrup to cool down and then use as directed above.

After you pour the syrup over the dough snails, leave them like that overnight. Next morning take each of the "snails" out, place in a plate and sprinkle chopped pistachio on top. Serve cold.

The short version
If you don't have time to knead a dough, just buy a puff pastry dough, spread the cream and roll. Cut into circles and then place on parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 20 min. Leave to cool down completely, remove them in a pan without the parchment paper and then pour the warm syrup on top. Leave overnight, then serve cold with chopped pistachios on top.

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