Christmas



Were I a snowfall. I'd be bountiful
and generous in my legacies of snow.
till all throughout the year, as white as wool,
my blanket on the suffering poor would go.

-- Arpad Farkas -translation by Watson Kirkconnell





[Image] Walnut or Poppy Seed Horseshoes

     Diós és Mákos Patko or Beigli

3 cups flour

3 large egg yolks

2/3 cup of warm milk

1/2 teaspoon dry-yeast

1 cup butter or margarine

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons sour cream

Mix milk, sugar and yeast and set it aside for 10-15 minutes. Mix flour and shortening, make a well, and add all the other ingredients. Mix and knead until smooth. Divide dough in half. Roll out very thin and spread with filling. Roll up jelly roll fashion, tucking in the ends as you go. Place on un-greased cookies sheet forming a horseshoe shape. Brush with egg yolk. Repeat with second half. Let stand until the yolk dries. Poke several holes through the roll with a thin skewer and bake at 350°F (180°C until nice and brown, or about 30-40 minutes.

      Poppy Seed Filling

2 1/2 cups ground poppy seed
3/4 cup sugar or honey
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup raisin
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

Mix ingredients, let cool and use as filling for Horse Shoes.

Walnut Filling

2 cup ground walnuts
3/4 cup sugar or honey
1/4 cup milk
1/4 vanilla bean or 1 tsp. extract

Bring milk to boil with vanilla stick. Remove from heat, add all other ingredients and mix.This should be a spreadable mixture. If it is loose, add a little bread crumbs to thicken, Discard vanilla and fill pastry.

This is the pastry traditionally served in Hungarian homes at Christmas.

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