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Monday, July 11, 2011

ALCORZAS WITH 13TH STUFFED QURSAS TURNOVER & CUPCAKE RECIPE

REAL SUGAR ICING; FINE SUGAR WORK, INCLUDING 
THE STORE ON TOP. IT TOOK 7 WEEKS TO MAKE.
(One of 17 wedding cakes on display at Harolds during 
wedding festivities of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William.)
Photo by: Thecakestore.co.uk
OCast alcorça, Eng
1. qursas, small round flatcakes. Fadalat  provides a recipe for stuffed qursas, which are turnovers or flat round
cupcakes filled with sugar and almonds and topped with honey. The cake above could have been a subtlety at a medieval Christian banquet.

2. sugar work, icing. A very refined sugar used as icing which was very popular among the Muslims and sold in Suks. It could be made into decorative dainty pastries in the form of flowers or leaves. [Castro.Alimentación. 1996:240; Covarrubias. 1998:7:b:45;   ES. Lord. Medieval. “Arroba.” Nov 17, 11; “Embadurnar.” Jul 2, ’14;Mezquino, -a.” Jun 29, 16 etc.;  Lord. Culinary. Mar 4, ‘08; and Ibn Razīn/Granja.1960:52:21-22]


STUFFED QURSAS* TURNOVER AND CUPCAKE RECIPE
ADAPTED FROM FADALAT #52 ALCORZAS RELLENAS, pp 21-22
(see almizcle for another version of the same)
10 servings

Tarea Modulo #8
(Qurza Turnovers fresh from the oven)
 Photo by: mijinchy
Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch of salt 1 pkg yeast olive oil
3/4 cup hot water or as needed
2 c chopped almonds
2 c honey
1 c pinenuts
2 tbsp musk
1 c chopped walnut

Preparation

 PREHEAT OVEN TO 350º F / 175º C

 Knead the flour with water, yeast, 2 tbsp oil and salt to make soft dough. Then mix sugar and almonds and roll out half the dough with half of the filling and continue patting it with oil, make a turnover, cover it with a cloth and let it rise. Bake it oven in a glass dish greased with oil about 12 minutes. When lightly browned put it on a serving plate and pour 1 c hot honey over it. Then make holes in the turnover with the fingers to absorb the honey. Sprinkle pinenuts on top and perfume it with 1 tbsp musk.

Fried (Qurza) cupcakes
(with a different garnish)
Photo by; jpotisch
With the other half of the dough make flat cakes and fill them with rest of the stuffing. Deep fry then in extra virgin olive oil, drain off oil when done,  place them in a serving dish and pour 1 c boiling honey with chopped walnuts. Perfume with 1 tbsp musk and serve.

 *See almizcle published on August 23, 2011 for a variation of the same recipe. Also, a similar recipe from Anón Al-Andalus was published on November 17, 2011 in arroba.

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