Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Cookie Recipe #360 - Pogasca
This is a Hungarian cookie that resembles a biscuit. In Hungarian folktales these were made as the ideal travel food for journeys.
Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, frozen and grated, 1 cup sour cream, 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature, 1 large egg white, beaten with a fork.
Instructions: About an hour before baking, place butter in freezer. Remove and grate in bowl; set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. While the mixer is going, add the frozen, grated butter, sour cream and egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well between additions, until it forms a smooth dough.
Roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thickness, punch out cookies with a 1-inch cookie cutter and transfer to the prepared baking sheets and place about 2 inches apart. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross pattern on top. Brush with the egg white and transfer to the preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then reduce the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
"Cookies 52 Easy Recipes For Year-Round Baking", John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2007.