20 December 2013 / No Comments
SAUERKRAUT and MUSHROOM PASTIES
Does your homes smell like Christmas yet?We’ve got our Christmas tree up, smell of fresh spruce fills the house, fire on(electric 😉 – but still nice! ;)), candles lit everywhere.It’s warm and cosy.I love Christmas – there is something so magical about it 😉 Different scents remain me of different times in my life, some even take me back to my childhood in a split second, when as a little girl I puttered around the kitchen,poking my nose in every single pot…..it smelled so christmassy back then 😉 And I make sure that my home smell of Christmas now too 😉
Most of polish Christmas dishes are made of sauerkraut and wild mushrooms and I associate their scent with this time of the year 😉 These pasties render the taste of Polish Christmas perfectly.The filling is very time-consuming but it’s worth every effort 😉 It’s very important to use dry, wild mushroom – they make this dish!
6.Mix sifted flour and salt in a bowl, add olive oil and poppy seeds.Add yeast mixture and the rest of lukewarm water.Mix with a wooden spoon, when the mixture comes together start kneading it using your hands.Add some more flour if the dough is too sticky.Knead for around 5-10 minutes until the dough is very soft.(trust me you will feel the difference). Cover the bowl with a cotton tea towel and put to rise somewhere warm, but NOT hot, until dough has doubled in size – it takes around 1 hour.(remember dough doesn’t like draughts!)
7.Preheat the oven 190 C/170 C fan /Gas 5
8.When the dough doubled in size, put it on a lightly floured surface and knead for another 2-3 minutes,roll it out and cut 7,5 cm circles and place on a well greased baking tray(sprinkled with semolina but not necessary)
9.Place some of the filling on each circle, fold into a half-moons and pinch edges, forming a well-sealed crescent.Transfer each one onto a baking tray,brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.