Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 lb Sweet butter

  2. 1/2 c Granulated sugar

  3. 2 Eggs

  4. 6 tb Cognac

  5. 2 c All-purpose flour (or more)

  6. 1/4 ts Salt

  7. 1/2 ts Baking powder

  8. 2 c Stewed apricots

  9. 4 Dried figs

  10. 1/3 c Raisins

  11. 1 Orange (grated rind only)

  12. 1 c Apricot jam

  13. 1 tb Lemon juice 

  14. 2 ts Cornstarch

  15. 1/3 c Orange juice

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy and gradually add the sugar, 1 egg and an egg yolk, and 3 tablespoons of the Cognac, beating thoroughly after each addition. Sift 2 cups of the flour with the salt and baking powder and add slowly to the batter, while beating on medium speed. Remove the beaters and finish by hand, adding only enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the apricots into uniform pieces and place in an enameled pan. Soak the figs and raisins in the remaining Cognac until swollen, then mince and add to the apricots along with the orange rind, jam, and lemon juice and stir into the apricot mixture, then cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cool. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and set aside about one-third for the latticed top. Using your fingers (the dough will be too soft to roll), press the larger portion of dough into a buttered 9 x 12 x 2-inch baking pan, pressing evenly about 1/4-inch up the sides. Pour the filling into the dough-lined pan. Divide the remaining dough into walnut-sized balls and roll each ball into 1/2-inch strips. Using the strips, make a lattice over the top of the pastry. If using a glaze, beat the remaining egg white slightly with a fork and brush on the dough stips. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F) for 45 minutes, or until golden in color. Remove and cool in the pan on a rack. To serve, cut into 1-1/2-inch (or smaller) squares with a sharp knife. Note: You may prefer to use peaches and peach jam, strawberries and strawberry jam, and so on, instead of apricots; also diced candied peel adds a colorful note when substituting for figs; and slivered almonds may be added to the filling. From: ‘The Food of Greece’ by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles. Avenel Books, New York. Typed for you by Karen Mintzias —– Archive January 2010 December 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008


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