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Monday, December 31, 2012

CHORICERA WITH CRACKLING CAKE RECIPE, THE QUEEN OF ALL DESSERTS


Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares...
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choricer, 1. n. stuffing for chorizos. 2. v. to stuff intestines with a chorizo or other sausage mixture. 3. Traditionally in Alcañiz (Teruel), the “Día del Choricer,” is a picnic in the country on Shrove Tuesday during which the participants stuff themselves with pork products as consumption of meat was prohibited during Lent. [ES: Día. Sep 20, 00; Pers. Memories. Slaughters Mostoles. 2000-2001:2003; and Serradilla. 1993:142]

MENU FOR A CHORICERA ON THE GRASS
Hors d'oeuvres:
cold cuts: chorizo, cured loin. Serrano ham

Appetizers:
fried cracklings (chicharrones), fried ribs, and slices of fried blood sausage with slices of white sausage (longaniza) [1]

Starters:
stewed pig trotters and pig ears

Dicing Slices of Fried Cracklings for Cake
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Main course:
sucking pig
                       
AND
THE QUEEN OF ALL DESSERTS:

CRACKLING CAKES, A MR SAMPER AND MEDIEVAL SPANISH COOK CREATION BASED ON HAND-ME-DOWN RECIPES FOR TORTA DE CHICHARRONES

Ingredients

3 ½ c flour
1 tbsp or pkg yeast
2 eggs
½ c lard
1 c milk
5 oz cracklings
3/4 c sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Garnish:
Powdered sugar

Preparation
The Sweetest Pork Ever!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Mix the flour and yeast. Make a mound with a hole in the middle. Place the eggs yolks in that, saving the whites. Add the lard and knead well. Add the milk little by little to moisten the dough. Slice cracklings into small squares and Add the cracklings, sliced small and leaving a few for garnish. Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Knead all together making dough that does not stick to the hands. Cover it with a cloth and let sit for 30 minutes to rise.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 340ºF/170ºC

Sprinkle flour on a rolling pin and roll out the dough three times. The third time make it about ¼” thick. Cut this into rectangles or other shape.  Place them on an oven tray. Decorate the tops of the squares with the extra cracklings on top of squares, brush with egg white and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until done. more sugar on top and serve.



[1] white sausage served with blood sausage called blanco y negro (black and white). 

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