Crunchy Pine Cones

Disclaimer: This is not my recipe all the credit goes to Zuza Zak the recipe is from her Polska cookbook linked: here

I give you Crunchy Pine Cones. I got this recipe from my polish cookbook called “Polska” by Zuza Zak. I love this cookbook because it has a modern twist on Polish classics. This recipe combines szyszki and sezamki, two sweet Polish snacks. It also features a popular Polish sweet called krówki (little cows), which are cream fudge sweets and my new obsession. I love to make Polish desserts because I feel connected to my ancestor and relatives.

Recipe

Makes: 20, time: 30 minutes

Disclaimer: This is not my recipe all the credit goes to Zuza Zak the recipe is from her Polska cookbook linked: here

Ingredients

  • 100 g (3 1/3 oz) seasame seeds
  • 100 g (3 1/3 oz // 7 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 200 g (7 oz) Krówki sweets (or equivalent cream fudge sweets)
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) strong puffed rice or other ceral

Directions

  1. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan (skillet) and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and start to add the Krówki, mixing them together as they get softer. Eventually they will melt into one caramel colored mass. Remove from the heat and add the toasted sesame seeds, followed by the puffed rice.
  3. Mix together well with a wooden spoon, then wait a little while (approximately 10 minutes, but check yourself when you’re happy to work with the mass without burning your hands, remembering that the inside is always warmer) before forming into pine cone shapes. Have some cold water on standby to dip your hands into.
  4. Allow to cool and harden completely) before serving.

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