Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins
These sweet Sephardic pastry cookies are filled with a ground nut and spice mixture, and dipped in a honey syrup. They are similar in concept to the bureka or empanada.
- 5 cups sifted flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups butter or 1 1⁄4 cups margarine
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups ground almonds
- 1 1⁄2 cups ground walnuts
- 1⁄4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 -4 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vinegar (to taste, if you find the filling too sweet) (optional)
- 1 dash red wine
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 -2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon rose water (optional) or 2 -3 drops rose extract (optional)
- In a food processor, grind 1 cup each of the walnuts and almonds until fine, but not powdery. Add the remaining filling ingredients, grind coarsely.
- Make the dough. Mix the butter/margarine with the sugar until creamy.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the vanilla extract and blend with the butter/sugar. Mix well.
- Divide the dough into 4 pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece approximately 1/8-1/4" thick. Using a cup or cookie cutter, cut into rounds approximately 3" in diameter. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to make more rounds.
- In the center of each round, place a spoonful of the filling.
- Wet the edges of the dough with water, and fold in half, making a semicircle. Press the edges to seal. If the dough rips or cracks, gently press back together (it will stick back together while baking).
- Carefully transfer to a greased baking sheet. They don't expand much while cooking, and can be spaced about 3/4" apart. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake the travados for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Once cooked, set aside and allow them to cool *completely*, as they are brittle when hot.
- While the cookies are cooling, prepare the syrup. In a small pot, heat the water, sugar and honey until boiling. Lower the heat and cook for another 10-15 minutes. It should be a thin, watery consistency, so don't overcook it. Add the lemon juice and/or rose water, stir.
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, carefully lower each travado into the syrup and allow to sit for about 15-30 seconds. Place on a rack over paper towels to dry.
- Toasted sesame seeds can be sprinkled on top while still sticky, if desired. Allow to cool. Travados can be refrigerated.