Moroccan Gazelle Horns (Kab El Ghzal) (Cornes De Gazelle)

Recipe by littleturtle
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READY IN: 3hrs
SERVES: 40
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • pastry
  • 14
    ounces unsalted butter, chilled & cut into 1/4-inch bits (3 1/2 sticks)
  • 14
    cup sunflower oil
  • 3
    cups flour
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 6 -8
    tablespoons ice water
  • almond paste filling
  • 12
    cup blanched slivered almond
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 34
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3
    tablespoons orange blossom water, divided (orange blossom extract)
  • 1
    (8 ounce) can prepared almond paste, softened
  • 4
    tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1
  • 12
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large chilled bowl, combine the butter, sunflower oil, flour, and salt.
  • Using your fingertips, rub the flour and butter together until they look like flakes of coarse meal (Do NOT over mix).
  • Pour 6 tablespoons ice water all at once into the mixture; toss together lightly.
  • Gather the dough into a ball.
  • If the dough crumbles, add ice water a few drops at a time until everything sticks together and forms a soft dough (up to 2 tablespoons).
  • Divide the dough in half, dust each half with a little flour, and wrap in waxed paper.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C, gas mark 4).
  • Spread the almonds out in a shallow baking pan and toast them in the middle of the oven until they are lightly browned, turning them occasionally (8-10 minutes).
  • Pulverize the almonds in a blender, nut grinder, or using a mortar and pestle.
  • Then, using the back of a spoon, rub ground almonds through a fine sieve into a deep bowl.
  • Add the sugar, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon orange blossom water and knead with your hands into a stiff paste.
  • Add the almond paste, butter, and egg, and beat vigorously with a spoon until mixture is smooth.
  • Raise the oven temp to 400°F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, pat half of the dough into a rough rectangle about 1-inch thick.
  • Dust a little flour over and under the rectangle, and roll it out from the center to within an inch or so of the far edge of the pastry.
  • Lift the dough and rotate it 90°; roll again from the center to within an inch or so of the far edge.
  • Repeat - lifting, turning, rolling - until the rectangle is a little less than 1/8-inch thick (If the dough sticks at any point during the rolling, lift it gently with a metal spatula and sprinkle a little flour under it).
  • Using a ruler and a pastry wheel or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 3-inch squares.
  • For each cookie, roll 1 teaspoon almond filling between your palms to form a cylinder about 2-inches long and 1/2-inch in diameter.
  • Place a square of dough so that it's oriented as a diamond, and place the cylinder horizontally across it 1/2-inch down from the top point.
  • Lift the top point up and fold it over so that it covers the filling.
  • Then, starting with the folded edge, roll the dough up tightly jelly-roll fashion.
  • Pinch the ends firmly closed, and gently shape the roll into a crescent.
  • Arrange the crescents about 1-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown (20 minutes).
  • Transfer to wire racks and sprinkle them evenly with 1 tablespoon orange blossom water.
  • One at a time, dip the pastries in the powdered sugar to coat them lightly, and return them to the racks to cool.
  • While the first batch is baking, roll out and cut the remaining half of the dough, and repeat the process for filling and shaping.
  • While the first batch is cooling, bake the second batch until golden brown (20 minutes).
  • Transfer to wire racks and sprinkle them evenly with the remaining tablespoon orange blossom water.
  • Roll in powdered sugar, and let cool to room temperature before serving.
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