So, you ask, what is the point of the above paragraph. Nothing. I just needed a little segue way into posting the following recipe. ;)
There are many Polish treats that I love but unfortunately don't make myself. Chrusciki is one of my absolute favorite sweet treats but I can't remember the last time I had them. I know it is hard to get them to just the right doneness -- slightly crispy and not overally greasy. But the end results are a simple but yummy treat.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons dairy sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon vodka, whiskey or vinegar (I don't remember that ingredient!)
- Pinch of salt
- Vegetable shortening or oil for deep frying
- Enough powdered sugar to dust the cookies / pastries with
Wrap in plastic wrap / cling film and allow to rest in the refrigerator for twenty minutes / half an hour. (You can let it rest overnight if you like.)
When ready to fry, roll out 1/16th inch thick. Slice into 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Cut the strips diagonally into 5-inch lengths. In each strip, cut a one-inch slit the long way, in the middle of the strip. Pull one end of the strip through the slit so that it looks kind of like a bowtie.
Heat the frying oil to 375F / 190C, or until a 1-inch bread cube turns golden brown in 50 seconds. Deep fry the strips in small batches until they turn light golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. (Recipe courtesy of European Cuisines online.)
If you decide to make some, feel free to send some to me -- Weight Watchers be damned!