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filled peach cookies

This dessert is quite popular in a lot of European countries but in every country the recipe is a little bit different. This is not a quick recipe but it is worth a try. It is using the Italian liqueur Alchermes. The cookies look like peaches hence the name.

Ingredients (30 cookies)
3 eggs
300 g of sugar
140 g of olive oil
800 g of all-purpose flour
60 ml of milk
Liqueur to dampen the peach cookies
140 g of Alchermes liqueur
200 g of Martini
750 g of pastry cream to fill the peach cookies

Baking Instructions
– Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
– Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar, then mix in all the olive oil, then the milk, then the flour and the baking powder. The dough must be solid enough for you to knead it with your hands. Take little bits of dough and knead them to form little balls (around 4-5 cm in diameter).
– Place the dough balls on the baking try.Bake for about 8 minutes, until golden. To prepare the pastries, combine the cookies in pairs, so that after the first baking, you can test the pastry size and adjust the size of dough balls to your liking before doing any further baking.
Once the peach cookies are baked, let them cool. Using the tip of a knife, carve out a small hole in the flat side of the  cookies.
Once you have carved holes in all the cookies, mix Alchermes, Martini and a tablespoon of sugar together in a bowl.
Take a cookie  and dip it in the liqueur; once it is wet on both sides, let it drip with the carved side facing down onto a plate. When you have dampened 6 cookies, fill one cookie with a generous teaspoon of pastry cream and combine it with an “empty” cookie.  Take the pastry and roll it up in the sugar until it is covered. Finally, put the pastry in a pastry case. Then start over, dampening more cookies. When you have prepared all the pastries, garnish them any way you want. I used a mint leaf – you could perhaps use some cream with a cherry on top. Keep them in the refrigerator. Prepare the pastries at least 8 hours before eating – that way, they’ll be at their best.

Note:
Alchermes is a type of Italian liqueur prepared by infusing neutral spirits with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla, and other herbs and flavoring agents. Its most striking characteristic is its scarlet color, obtained by the addition of Kermes, a small parasitic insect from which the drink derives its name.
alchermes liqueur

Recipe from http://recipeswitholiveoil.com/

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