Mazurek Wilenski (Vilnian Mazurka)

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READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 40
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • To prepare dough: use a knife to cut the butter into the flour, then rub it in with your fingertips.
  • Add the powdered sugar, baking powder, egg, egg yolk, and sour cream; mix together.
  • Knead with your hands until dough is smooth and can be formed into a compact ball.
  • Wrap in waxed paper or place in a covered dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Grease a 12"x15" cookie sheet with the remaining tablespoon of butter; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, tipping from side to side to cover completely and evenly.
  • Turn the sheet upside down and tap on the bottom to shake off any excess flour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4" thin and place on buttered cookie sheet, using fingers to spread dough so it completely covers the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • To prepare filling: beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Add sugar a few tablespoons at a time, beating constantly.
  • Once all of the sugar has been added, beat for 5 more minutes.
  • Fold in the chocolate, almonds, and dates.
  • Spread over the dough layer.
  • Bake at 350°F until pastry is golden brown (20-25 minutes).
  • Allow to cool.
  • Mix sugar with rum until smooth; drizzle mixture over mazurka.
  • With a lightly buttered knife, cut into squares.
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