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    Ukrainian Almond Crescents

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 5 mins

    25 mins

    40 mins

    Olha's Note:

    "little horns," are a specialty of the southern Ukraine. They are flaky pastries stuffed with sugar and nuts, and I warn you, they can be addictive.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    PASTRY

    FILLING

    • 2 cups almonds, toasted and coarsely ground
    • 2/3-3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 pinch salt

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pastry: For the pastry, mix together the flour and yeast in a medium bowl.
    2. 2
      Cut in the butter with a pastry fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
    3. 3
      Stir in the egg yolks and sour cream and mix well.
    4. 4
      The mixture will still be crumbly.
    5. 5
      Form the dough into a ball using your hands, working it as little as possible.
    6. 6
      The less you knead, the more tender the pastry will be.
    7. 7
      The dough will be tacky.
    8. 8
      Wrap it in waxed paper and chill it for at least 2 hours.
    9. 9
      Prepare the FILLING by combining the ground almonds and sugar in a small bowl.
    10. 10
      Beat together the egg whites and salt until stiff, but not dry, and carefully fold them into the nut mixture.
    11. 11
      Preheat the oven to 375 F.
    12. 12
      When the dough is thoroughly chilled, divide it into three balls.
    13. 13
      Using a floured rolling pin, roll out three circles about 1/8" thick.
    14. 14
      Work on a well-floured surface to prevent the dough from sticking.
    15. 15
      Cut each circle into eight pie-shaped wedges and spread the wedges with the filling.
    16. 16
      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.
    17. 17
      "Make sure the point is on the bottom so the"horns" will not open up while baking.
    18. 18
      Place the almond crescents on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for about 30- 40 min, until golden and puffed.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ukrainian Almond Crescents

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 219.2
     
    Calories from Fat 141
    64%
    Total Fat 15.7 g
    24%
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    32%
    Cholesterol 39.2 mg
    13%
    Sodium 58.2 mg
    2%
    Total Carbohydrate 16.6 g
    5%
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    6%
    Sugars 6.5 g
    26%
    Protein 4.5 g
    9%

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