Guess, what’s in here…

21Nov09

Do you know Bobbes? No, not the word children use in Hesse for “bum”. I mean the sweet pastry which can replace a lunch. At least concerning the calories. As I wanted to make some cookies for a coffee break and not for lunch, I decided to make small Bobbes – let’s call them Bobbesitos.

Ok, I admit: for loving Bobbes, you have to like raisins. And candied orange peel.  And candied lemon peel. And almond paste. And now you can imagine, how Bobbes can replace a lunch, can’t you?

We start by preparing our well known 1-2-3-dough:

100 g sugar
200 g butter
300 g flour
a little bit of salt

Knead together sugar and butter. Add flour and salt and make a dough. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour – up to some days.

For the filling, mix diced candied lemon peel, diced candied orange peel, and raisins (all together about 1 handful); mix with 2-3 tblsp of rum and let it soak for some time (also overnight, if you want).

With your hand, knead 200 g of almond paste and add some water (little by little) until it’s spreadable. Don’t try to use a machine. And don’t try to mix much water at one time with the almond paste. I have already tried. Trust me: Don’t do it.

In a small pan, roast about 100 g of sliced almonds until they are fragrant. (You don’t need oil for toasting them; this would be too much fat for our light snack!)

Using a rolling pin, roll out 1/2 of the dough into a square of about 40×15 cm. It’s easier if you first form a long roll which you can roll out.  Coat the dough with 1/2 of the almond paste, then with 1/2 of the raisin-lemon-and-orange-peel-mix and 1/2 of the toasted almonds.

Roll the dough from both sides to form palmiers, wrap the roll with plastic film and chill for 1-2 hours minimum.

Using a sharp knife, cut the rolls into slices for making cookies and place them on cookie sheets. Bake for about 14-15 minutes in the preheated oven (175°C).

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