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Dec 13, 2016

Apple and walnut pastry rolls

I decided to vary a little bit the weekend desserts/snacks (too many muffins and biscuits) so these traditional Romanian pastry rolls sounded like a good idea (and indeed they were!). They are usually filled with Turkish delight or with jam but, since we avoid sugar altogether, I filled them with apple pieces covered with ground walnuts. They are pretty easy to prepare and they make a perfect snack for the little ones.

- 150g butter;
- 150g sour cream;
- 4g dry yeast;
- 230g plain flour (+/- 10g);
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder;
- 1/2 tsp  orange zest powder (optional);
- for the filling: 1 big apple, one handful ground walnuts.
* you can choose to omit yeast and the rolls will have the texture similar to biscuits; with yeast they resemble more the puff pastry. Yeast does not affect the taste!

In a bowl mix the flour, yeast, vanilla and orange powder. Add the butter (diced) and the sour cream and mix well until you get a firm, non-sticky dough (but not hard!).
Meanwhile, peel the apple, remove and discard the core and stem and cut it in sticks (about 1 x 1 x 2 cm), then roll every piece in the ground nuts until fully covered. Set them aside.
Cover the dough with cling film and place it in the fridge for at least 30 min. Cut it in 6 pieces; form a ball out of each piece. Roll each bowl in (more or less) round shape and cut triangles out of it. Place the apple pieces on the wider part of the triangle and roll towards the narrower side (see picture below).

Place the rolled pieces on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in the preheated oven (180 degrees C) for about 25 minutes (or until golden brown).

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