Prep 24 hrs
Cook 20 mins
Traditional Hungarian treats, very popular with kids and adults. Make sure you let the dough chill overnight to make it easier to work with. Prep time reflects overnight chilling.
- pastry dough
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup shortening
- 6 1⁄4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 1 pint sour cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 pinch salt
- 1⁄2 lb ground walnuts
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 -5 drops water
- extra sugar
- In a bowl, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.
- In a separate bowl, mix the yeast into sour cream, then add egg yolks and salt.
- Combine with the flour mixture.
- Mix until smooth and the sides of the bowl are clean.
- Form into a large ball and chill, covered, overnight.
- To make filling, mix walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and stiffly beaten egg whites together in a bowl.
- To make egg wash mix egg yolk and few drops of water in a small bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Sprinkle granulated sugar onto a pastry board.
- Divide the dough into six portions.
- Work with one portion at a time, refrigerating the dough you are not using.
- Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick and sprinkle with more sugar.
- Cut into 2 x 2-inch squares.
- Place a bit of the nut filling along one end of the square and roll up.
- Form into a crescent.
- Place seam side down on a greased cookie sheet.
- Paint with egg wash.
- Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
Mmmm.. heavenly. It's called "havasi kifli" (usually when you bake it, you cool it and then you roll it in powder sugar). "Havasi" means snowy.. thus the powder sugar. Otherwise 100% authentic.