Monday, March 10, 2008

Prunes jam-filled Rolls

This is an old family recipe, also related to my sweet student memories. I remember my mother used to send to us a packet of these homemade sweet rolls, usually filled with prunes jam.

The recipe is not a difficult one, but time consuming. I also wonder what if replacing the lard with ghee, I should have tried, but figured this out too late. Maybe next time.
The recipe is for 64 rolls, so, you could divide by two if they will be too much.

You will need: (makes 64 rolls)

200-250 gr lard - molten
2 tbsp sugar
2tbsp flour
200 ml milk (warm but not hot)
2 eggs
about 1 kg flour

Put the yeast in the warm milk and mix well, add the 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp flour, mix and leave in warm place until the yeast starts working and the mixture doubles its volume.
Mixing well add the two eggs and the molten lard, vanilla and then start adding the rest of the flour gradually, until obtaining not very hard nor very soft dough, suitable to be rolled.
Knead well, add more flour if needed.
Divide the dough in eight balls, and leave them for about an hour until they double volume. Be sure to provide enough space for the balls.
When they have doubled volume, start rolling them out on a surface sprinkled with flour using a rolling pin. The rolled round dough should be about 1 cm thick.
Cut the dough in 8 triangles, put a teaspoon of prune jam on the largest part and start rolling towards the sharp end. Proceed the same way with the rest of the balls.
Place the rolls in a tin, oiled and sprinkled with flour, leave enough place between them and bake on 170-180 degrees until golden.
Sprinkle with icing sugar.
They can be stored in airtight container for two days. But they are usually over very fast.


Tea said...

Those are THE best. It has been in my family for years as well, and to be honest, I don't remember the last time I had them, so this really made my day :)
And...beautiful photos.

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are beautiful, Alita! And the recipe certainly yields a lot. I don't think I'd have trouble eating 64 of these, though. :)

Brilynn said...

Anything jam filled has got to be good, those look great!

Alita said...

Thank you girls! :)

@Tea- las time I had them was years ago, so I had a culinary nostalgy, as a friend of mine used to say :)

@Patricia - they were too much for only two people, so I had to give part of them away. People were happy :)

@brilynn - I am particularly affraid of measuring the right quantity of jam for the rolls, so that the filling doesn't come out during baking. Such a hard job :)

Kate / Kajal said...

oh vow !! these look good !

Mango Power Girl said...

Beautiful...prunes are so nutritious...I would love to make them, but without the lard. What would you replace it with - butter?

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