Peaches

Peaches

Breskvice

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From
Dalmatia
Serves
6

These are beautiful, tasty little pastries, which look like peaches. I remember how my aunt loved to make them. Still to this day I can see my aunt’s Czech crystal bowl full of peaches and my mum warning me not to eat too many. They are very popular all through Central Europe, and it’s hard to determine their country of origin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

Dough

Quantity Ingredient
4 eggs
250g caster sugar
300ml vegetable oil
1kg plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
150g apricot jam
2 tablespoons dark rum
50g almonds, finely chopped

Decoration

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons strawberry or cherry extract
4 tablespoons kruskovac (croatian per liqueur), or dark rum
300ml cold water
100g caster sugar
cloves, for the stems

Method

  1. To make the dough, beat the eggs and sugar in an electric mixer until pale. Using a spatula, gently stir in the vegetable oil, 4 tablespoons of flour and the baking powder. Set aside to prove for 4 hours.
  2. Add the remaining flour and the salt, and mix with your hands until you have a smooth dough.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  4. Roll the dough into 2.5 cm balls, place on a greased baking tray and bake for about 10–15 minutes until they are light and firm. Set aside to cool.
  5. Using a small knife, cut a small hole in the bottom of the pastries and scoop out a little of the centre.
  6. Crush the pastry from the centres into small crumbs (you can do it in a food processor).
  7. For the filling, mix the pastry crumbs with the apricot jam, rum and almonds. Fill the hollow pastry shells with the filling and join two balls together to form a ‘peach’. (The two balls will flatten slightly to look like two halves of a peach.)
  8. Dip both sides of the pastries in the strawberry extract and pear liqueur, then in the water and then roll them in the sugar. Press cloves into the tops of the peaches to resemble stems.
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