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Monday, June 30, 2014

EXTENDIDO WITH A UNIQUE 13TH CENTURY SWEETIES

Pancake Extended in Frying Pan
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OCast vulgado, Eng. extensive, v. to extend. [Anón/Huici. 1966:182:118:184: 
119:210:131 etc; Villena/Calero. 2002:69:43b]

A UNIQUE SWEETIE ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS, #184, DULCE ESPESADO, p 119-120



Ingredients for about 10 pancakes 7” in diameter

1 c flour
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp rosewater
1 egg with yolk and white separated
2 whole eggs
¼ tsp salt
½  c milk
olive oil for frying

optional: 1 tsp saffron mashed and dissolved in the milk


Preparation

Folding Egg Whites into Honey
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Put the flour in a bowl. Add 2 eggs yolks and 4 whole eggs and salt. Beat the mixture. Add cold rosewater little by little taking care that no lumps form. Add the milk and saffron is desired.

Beat the leftover egg whites until stiff. When the batter is smooth, fold the egg whites into the mixture until smooth.

Warm a frying pan and add just enough grease or oil to prevent sticking. When warm, remove the pan from heat and pour in a thin layer of batter. Twirl it around to extend it into a 7 pancakes. Return the pan to the heat. When the batter begins to shrink, turn it over with a spatula. The result is a thin flat pancake.

NOTE: Rice flour may be used instead of wheat flour.

For the honey meringues:

Unique Sweeties Before Brownies
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Ingredients

1 c honey
4 egg whites[1]
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Garnish:
powdered sugar

Preparation

Heat the honey in a double boiler. When it melts strain it through a woolen cloth; then pour it back into the pot.[2]

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add salt and cinnamon. Fold in the egg whites into the honey mixture.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 300º F/150º C

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Break the crepes into small pieces and put them on the baking sheet. Pour the honey-egg white mixture over them. [3]

Bake 1 ½ -2  hrs. depending on the oven.

Let cool 5 minutes. Break apart, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.




[1] The original recipe calls for 6 eggs if a honeycomb is used and 10 egg whites if not but it does not indicate the quantity of honey.
[2] The original recipe calls for using a stick with a tip to continusely stir the honey and prevent it from boiling. As such a stick could not be found a double boiler was used.
[3] The original recipe does not call for baking but without the stick with the copper tip, it was impossible to heat the honey enough for it to harden.

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