Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Polka pig" pastries - Polkagrisbakelser


Decorate these pastries with butter crème and crushed “polka pigs”. The polka pigs need an explanation – I don’t know what you call them in English, but the little town of Gränna in the region of Småland are famous for their polkagrisar, which would be “polka pigs” in English. That’s where they’re made and exported to different places in the world. It’s red and white and taste from mint mostly. :-D And it makes these pastries lovely to look at as well as lovely in taste!

14 pastries

1 ¾ oz butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ¾ oz dark baking chocolate
1½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsps crushed “polka pigs”
good 1/3 cup milk
a few drops of peppermint oil

2½ oz butter or margarine
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp cold coffee
scant ¼ cup crushed “polka pigs”

Stir fat and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one. Break the chocolate in pieces and melt over a waterbath, then blend it into the batter. Mix flour, baking powder and coarsely crushed “polka pigs” and stir this into the batter as well. Add milk and peppermint oil.

Fill muffin tins or pastry tins to ¾ with batter and bake in the middle of the oven at 175C/gasmark 4 for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack.

Stir fat and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth and flavour with coffee. Spread this crème on top of the cold cakes and sprinkle with crushed “polka pigs”.



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