Monday, December 26, 2011

Nut horns on Christmas eve (with persimmons, my favorite)

These nut horn cookies from Budapest date from the year 1686. The Turks apparently were invading the city, digging an underground tunnel for their invasion. Bakers working through the nice heard them and grabbed the police. To reward the bakers, the crescent moon shape decorates the Ottoman flag. Props to bakers everywhere!

The recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/4 cup of sifted confectioners sugar, 2 cups of sifted flour, 1/2 pound of butter and 3 ounces of ground pecans or almonds. Shape into little crescents and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes and when cool, sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Makes 30-45, depending on how big or small you make your crescents.

A yarnie's Christmas tree

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