Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lady, Thy name is Whimsy

I decided on a whim to make this traditional Hungarian treat aptly named Női szeszély or Lady's Whim, if you will. It is similar to making some types of Bars, in that the crust is pressed into the pan; it calls for yeast and a half hour rest to help it attain that flaky perfection instead of the dense bars of my childhood, and topped with a vanilla meringue it is transformed into something fancy and angelic.

(Just an idea, use your favorite jam, for us that's raspberry but apricot, strawberry, whatever your little heart desires. Oh, and don't scrimp!)

Női szeszély - Lady's Whim
Hozzávalók: Ingredients:
50 dkg liszt - 500g flour (2c.)
25 dkg vaj - 250g butter (1c.[cold cut in chunks])
2 t.sárgája - 2 egg yolks
6 t.fehérje - 6 egg whites
15 dkg cukor - 150g sugar (3/4c.)
2 dkg élesztő - 11g yeast (2tsp)
1/2 dl tej - 50ml milk (~1/4c.)
kb. 15 dkg málnaíz - about 150 g raspberry jam (3/4c.)
20 dkg vaníliás porcukor - 200g confectioners' sugar (approx. 1c.)
5 dkg mandula
1/2 tsp vanilla

Elkészítés: Instrusctions:
Preheat oven to 350 (175c). Add yeast to milk, let sit 5 minutes. In a medium bowl sift together flour with butter chunks and mix until combined. Add egg yolks, sugar and yeasted milk, mix well. Lest rest 20-30 minutes.

Press into an ungreased cake pan and bake 10 minutes. While baking crust, mix 6 egg whites on high speed adding the confectioners' sugar 1/4c at a time, add vanilla. Mix until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overmix!
(stiff peaks=good whereas hard peaks=bad.)

Remove pan from oven, lower heat to 300F (150c), spread raspberry jam and slowly pour meringue on top. Spread evenly in pan, smoothing over with a rubber spatula. Bake 20 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Allow to completely cool before cutting and serving, several hours if

Elkészítési idő: Preparation Time: 60 perc/minutes

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