When Chris from Cooking Around The World launched his World Cup Foodie Challenge, I loved the idea of cooking a recipe from one of the countries playing on match days. When I spotted that Croatia were playing today, I had no idea what to prepare so I headed to google and found the fantastic blogpost Croatian Heirloom Recipes (from my dear Grandmother and Mother) which is packed with simple but delicious sounding recipes, including the wonderfully-named Torn Underpants !
I decided to try Kiflice. Make sure you click through to see the original recipe because this is my tweaked version, to accommodate what I had in the cupboard :
250g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tbsp lemon essence
80g clotted cream
a drizzle of liquid crème fraîche
Icing sugar, to dust
Last month - Sunday 18th May to be precise - it was World Baking Day and the lovely people at Rodda's sent me through a surprise package (containing an apron, a bag and some of their lovely clotted cream and butter) to bake something nice. The theme for this year was "Who Will You Bake For?" so I decided to offer some of these to my lovely elderly neighbour - better late than never ?! The butter and clotted cream were so lovely, they've been disappearing from the fridge very quickly but I finished off the Rodda's butter in this recipe, making up the necessary amount with my regular butter. Look at the difference in colour with the Rodda's on the left and top right !
Anyway, I digress ... back to the recipe !
Rub the butter in the flour/bicarb to make breadcrumbs.
Mix in the cream, egg, sugar and lemon essence. (The original recipe uses sour cream - I used clotted cream and added a drizzle of liquid crème fraîche to help it all come together into a ball.)
Roll into a ball and put on a floured surface.
Rip the dough into four parts and roll out one piece at a time.
Cut them into roughly triangular shapes.
Dollop a spoonful of jam (homemade blackcurrant jam, courtesy of my mother-in-law no less !) in the middle of the long edge and roll them up.
It's a bit like a cross between a jam tart and a croissant !
Repeat with the other pieces of dough.
Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and pop in the oven for 15 minutes at 180°C.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly, until they're just cool enough to handle without burning your fingers.
Coat with a generous dusting of icing sugar.
If you fancy trying out some other Croatian recipes, you might like to check out cevapi on Chez Maximka and Fritule on the Cooking Around The World blog.
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