Recipe by Jessie L
This recipe is from my blog, Desserts from Around the Globe, where I'm trying to prepare one dessert from every country of the world. Shëndetlie me mjaltë is a pastry typical for Albania - the second country from my blog.
- 200 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 120 g butter, at room temperature
- 80 g nuts, of your choice (either almonds, pistachios or walnuts)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 500 g flour
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- vanilla, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Beat the eggs and the sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture thickens and turns a very pale yellow. Add butter, 3/4 of the nuts (ground or chopped), honey, soda and flour.
- Continue by kneading the dough with your hands, but it should remain soft and fluffy (not like cookie dough).
- Put the dough in a pan, smooth it with a spatula and bake at 180°C for 35-40 minutes or until the surface is light brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool.
- For syrup, boil the water with the sugar and some vanilla for about 7 minutes, until it thickens, and continue stirring it the entire time. Let it cool down for a bit, until it is mildly warm and still relatively liquid.
- When the pastry is cool, pour the syrup over and sprinkle everything with the remaining nuts. Let the whole thing cool down, so the syrup really thickens.