Cookies kurabie is among the eastern sweets. It is prepared in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece and other countries. In each country, this delicacy is done in its own way. It can have a different shape, be supplemented with jam or jam, spices and nuts. Only the type of dough used to make this dessert is common - it should be sandy. This type of dough is easy to prepare. To spoil the products and get a result that does not meet the expectations of the chef, you can only in violation of the recipes and cooking technology of this sweet dish.
Even an inexperienced hostess can cope with cooking kurabie cookies if she knows and takes into account a few moments.
- The products used to make shortcrust pastry should be at room temperature. Oil and eggs must be removed from the refrigerator in advance. At the time of cooking the dough should be soft.
- Flour for kurabe necessarily sift. Only then will the cookie be tender and airy.
- Flour is added last and necessarily in parts. This is done for two reasons. Firstly, it is easier to knead the dough, taking care that no lumps form in it. Secondly, the eggs come in different sizes, the flour comes in different qualities, so every time the flour requires a different amount to prepare the optimum short pastry. Spreading it in pieces, you do not overdo it, the dough will not be too dense. To get pastry, which is customary to us from Soviet times, we need a dough that is soft enough to be removed from a culinary bag, but not so thin as to spread out on a baking tray.
- Jam is often used to make kurabie. With it a delicacy turns out tastier and more beautiful looks. Jam can be replaced with jam, but the jam must be mixed with starch, as it is liquid and can soak the dough.
- Often powdered sugar is included in kurab. Many housewives are interested in the question whether it is possible to replace it with sugar. Replacement is permissible only if sugar is very fine. Regular granulated sugar can be turned into powder on its own by grinding it with a blender or a coffee grinder.
- Bake kurabie at a temperature of 200-220 degrees, for this purpose, the oven should be preheated beforehand. If you bake kurab at a lower temperature, the butter in the dough will melt before the dough has time to grab. As a result, flowers, leaves and other figures lovingly laid out on a baking sheet will spread, losing an attractive look. Shaped cookies, you hardly want to serve, and there are such products will not be too nice.
- It is useless for a long time for kurabi to be baked - it usually bakes itself in 10 minutes or even earlier.
- Pies deposited on parchment can be frozen. Then, before baking, they are not defrosted, but the cooking time will have to be increased to 15 minutes.
Serving kurab to the table should be done only after the cookies have cooled, otherwise there is a risk of getting burned with hot jam.
The classic recipe for kurabie cookies
- butter - 100 g;
- icing sugar - 80 g;
- egg white - 1-2 pcs. (depending on the size of the eggs);
- wheat flour - 180 g;
- jam - to taste.
Method of preparation:
- Remove the butter and eggs from the refrigerator one hour before the start of cooking the cookies.
- Sift flour.
- Separate the whites from the yolks. Yolks for cooking kurabie cookies according to the classic recipe are not required, they can be used for other dishes.
- Mix the softened butter with powdered sugar, beat with a mixer.
- Separately whisk the egg whites, combine them with the oil, mix well. If desired, at this stage, you can add and vanilla - literally at the tip of the knife.
- In portions, add flour, kneading the dough each time until smooth.
- Cover baking sheet with baking paper.
- Place the dough in a culinary bag and deposit it on baking paper to form figurines resembling flowers. The distance between them must be at least 1 cm.
- Place a small spoonful of jam in the center of each “flower”.
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees, put a baking sheet with cookies in it and cook them for 5-10 minutes.
- When the cookies have a ruddy look, remove them from the oven and cool.
Ready-made cookies can be served with tea or coffee, taken with you to work or to school as a snack. It is believed that the recipe kurabie corresponds to GOST.
- butter - 120 g;
- milk - 80 ml;
- powdered sugar - 100 g for the dough, to taste - for sprinkling;
- wheat flour - 0, 25 kg;
- honey - 20 ml;
- lemon zest - a pinch;
- carnation - 3-4 pcs .;
- ground cardamom - at the tip of a knife.
Method of preparation:
- Melt the honey.
- Combine it with softened butter and powdered sugar. Stir until smooth.
- Add powdered cloves, lemon zest and cardamom. Stir well again.
- Pour in a spoonful of milk, add 2-3 spoons of flour, mix. Continue to add a little milk and flour, stirring thoroughly until the milk runs out, and the dough does not get a soft but firm texture.
- Cool the dough in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Roll the dough into a layer about 1 cm thick.
- With a glass, cut circles out of dough. Transfer them to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Place the baking tray with the future cookies in the oven preheated to 200 degrees.
- Bake Baku kurabie for 7-8 minutes.
The finished cookies are sprinkled with powdered sugar, cooled and served with tea.
Kurabe in Turkish
- butter - 150 g;
- chicken egg - 1 pc .;
- starch - 180 g;
- flour - 160 g;
- icing sugar - 120 g;
- vanillin - 1 g;
- chocolate - 150-200 g;
- crushed nuts (any) - 50 g;
- jam - how much will leave.
Method of preparation:
- Combine the softened butter with powdered sugar, rub it.
- In the bowl with butter, break the egg, beat the products together.
- Add starch mixed with vanilla. Mix thoroughly to obtain a homogeneous mass.
- Spoon the sifted flour in a spoon and stir until the dough has a firm texture, while remaining soft and supple.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for half an hour.
- Cover the baking tray with parchment.
- Roll the dough with a sausage with a diameter of about 2 cm (or make a few such sausages).
- Cut the sausage into pieces, form balls.
- Put the dough balls on the parchment, flattening them slightly to make them oval-shaped. Put a pattern on top of the fork.
- Place the baking tray with the blanks in the oven preheated to 200 degrees, bake for 10 minutes.
- When the cookies have cooled slightly, melt chocolate in a water bath, mix it with crushed nuts.
- Dip each cookie into chocolate with one side. Wait for the frosting to harden. This will happen faster if kurabie put in the fridge.
- Fasten the cookies in pairs with jam and serve to the table.
If you did not have to try Turkish kurabia, you should cook it at home. To taste it is not inferior to Baku, and it looks no less appetizing.
Kurabe in Greek
- flour - 0, 35 kg;
- icing sugar - 180 g, not counting the consumption of sprinkling ready-made cookies;
- butter - 0, 2 kg;
- yolk - 1 pc .;
- cognac - 20 ml;
- almonds - 50 g;
- orange liqueur or syrup to taste;
- baking powder for dough - 5 g.
Method of preparation:
- Mix the softened butter with powdered sugar, add the yolk, mix thoroughly.
- Sift flour and mix with baking powder.
- Dry the almonds in a dry frying pan, chop with a blender or a coffee grinder.
- Add nuts and brandy to the butter, mix.
- Gradually sprinkling flour and kneading, prepare a rather dense, but at the same time, soft dough.
- Allow the dough to cool by placing it in the main chamber of the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
- Make small balls from dough, put them on a baking sheet and send to an oven preheated to 200 degrees.
- After 15 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven.
- When the kurabi has cooled slightly, sprinkle the balls with orange liqueur and roll in powdered sugar.
Greek kurabie looks unusual and very appetizing. Sometimes it is baked not in the form of balls, but in the form of various figures, cutting them out with molds from rolled dough.
- flour - 0, 25 kg;
- butter - 80 g;
- vegetable oil - 60 ml;
- icing sugar - 50 g;
- chicken egg - 1 pc. (slight);
- vanillin - a pinch;
- cocoa powder - 50 g;
- baking powder for dough - 10 g.
Method of preparation:
- Combine the sifted flour with cocoa powder and baking powder.
- In a separate container, mix the softened butter with the vegetable oil.
- Add sugar and egg to them, mix well.
- Pouring a mixture of flour, cocoa and baking powder into the resulting mass, knead a homogeneous plastic dough, soft enough so that it can be removed from the cooking bag.
- Squeeze the dough out of the cooking bag to form a curl or other figures on the parchment-filled baking tray.
- Send the dough pan to the oven preheated to 200 degrees.
- Cook for 10 minutes.
Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon (or a mixture of them).
Oriental kurabie cookies are made from shortcrust dough, but according to different recipes. It may have a different shape, have other features associated with the national traditions of cooking this dessert in different countries. According to any recipe, kurabie is crumbly, fragrant, melting in the mouth. It is difficult to find a person indifferent to this delicacy.