Zserbo

Zserbo

By
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Cooking from the Heart
Makes
20
Photographer
Mark Roper

Dough

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 packets dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
250g margarine
3 1/3 cups plain flour
4 egg yolks
1 lemon, zested

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
2 1/4 cups ground walnuts
200g sugar
3/4 cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Chocolate icing

Quantity Ingredient
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 35 x 25 cm baking tin with baking paper.
  2. To make the dough, combine the yeast, water and sugar in a large bowl and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes, or until the yeast bubbles.
  3. Stir in the remaining dough ingredients, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the ingredients are well combined and the dough is pliable. Knead for a further 5–10 minutes, then allow the dough to rest in a warm place for 10–20 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out each piece on a floured surface to make four 35 x 25 cm rectangles.
  5. To make the filling, combine the ground walnuts and sugar in a bowl. Melt the apricot jam in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until liquid, then mix in the lemon juice.
  6. Place one pastry rectangle in the baking tin. Spread with a thin layer of the jam mixture, then sprinkle one-third of the walnut mixture over. Place another pastry rectangle on top, spread with more jam and sprinkle with another one-third of the walnuts. Repeat to make another layer, reserving some of the jam, then top with the final pastry rectangle. Pierce the top pastry layer with a fork, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  7. To make the chocolate icing, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler, making sure the water doesn’t touch the top pot. Stir in the oil.
  8. Spread the cooled pastry with another thin layer of the jam, then pour the melted chocolate over the top, spreading it to the edges. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
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