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5. Griechischer Mandelkuchen

[Translates as 'Greek almond cake', but I rather doubt the recipe is actually even remotely Greek. On the other hand, unlike all the other recipes I've posted I haven't seen this, or a version of it, anywhere else so far, so if this looks familiar, let me know...]

You need:
# 120 g butter (not too cold)
# 120 g powdered sugar
# 250 g flour
# 1 egg
# a pinch of salt
# 1 package (= 8 g) vanilla sugar
# 40 g chocolate (dark)
# almond halves

# Melt the chocolate in a pan over a pot of boiling water.
# Beat butter, sugar and vanilla sugar with a hand mixer until it's a creamy mass.
# Add the chocolate
# Add the egg.
# Add the flour and pinch of salt.
# The dough will still be a bit crumbly, so knead briefly by hand until it's a homogenous mass.
# Cut the dough in two halves.
# Roll out each half into a rectangular shape (not too thin).
# Put almond halves along the middle. It should look like this:

# Fold the sides over the middle so that the almonds are covered, and close the ends. The dough will probably crack a bit and you'll need to squeeze and pat the loaf into shape. I usually turn it upside down a few times, etc., until the overlapping sides are firmly closed. It should look like this:

# Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a cool place (or the fridge) overnight.
# Cut into thin slices.

# Bake at ca. 180 degrees until the cookies turn light brown and the almonds take on a bit of colour.
# Finished!


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
A mystery recipe, eh?

I have a similar situation: my grandmother's "pound cake." It's not like a traditional American pound cake (the proportions aren't right), and in place of granulated sugar, the recipe calls for powdered sugar. It's delicious, and one of my real stand-by recipes, but it's origin is a mystery.
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I wished I'd thought about asking my grandmother where she got it from...
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