A crisp pastry surrounds the filling made of dried figs, apricots, dates and raisins in this traditional Sicilian Christmas cookie. Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily, keeps the filling moist. These are delicious without the icing as well. Just got back from the Disney Institute again and as always, I had a marvelous time. You guys have got to go! I took: Imagineering!, Radio Drama, Outdoor Photography, Celebrations!, Boxing Aerobics, Animation Sampler, Romantic Dinners, Canoe Adventures and Taste of the Word: Bayou. Culinary Technique: Cover Page Cooking: Recipes Featured in Eating Well Magazine: Holiday Issue Culinary Technique is a class where the pick a specific aspect of cooking and really give you the ins and outs of it. Cover Page Cooking is a new class that from these results, I hope they keep around. Cover Page takes the recipes that are featured on the "cover" of magazines and shows you how to prepare and present them to look just as good. TO MAKE COOKIE DOUGH: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the food processor. Add butter and pulse until the butter is in very small pieces, about 10 seconds. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together egg, egg white, milk, oil, vanilla and almond extracts; with the food processor running, pour in the liquid and mix just until smooth dough forms. Scrape the dough onto wax paper or plastic wrap and flatten into 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days. TO MAKE FILLING: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread almonds on a baking sheet or in a pie pan. Toast for 3 minutes; add aniseed and continue to toast until the nuts are pale gold and the aniseed is fragrant, about 3 minutes longer. Set aside to cool. In the food processor, combine figs, apricots, dates, raisins, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, pepper and the toasted almonds and aniseed. Pulse until the fruits and nuts are finely chopped. With the machine running, pour Marsala or orange juice through the feed tube and process until just blended. TO BAKE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil 2 large baking sheets or coat them with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time (keeping the remaining pieces refrigerated), roll out on a lightly floured surface inch rectangle. (Dont worry if the edges are ragged.) Measure a scant 1/2 cup of the filling and use your hands to spread it in a strip down the center of the dough. Use a wide spatula or pastry scraper to lift the sides of the dough over the filling to form a roll. Use your fingers to press down the seam, which may be a but ragged or uneven. With a sharp knife, slice the roll on the diagonal to into 1-inch long cookies. Set the cookies on a prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Repeat these steps with the remaining dough and filling. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 15-18 minutes, or until bottoms are pale golden and the tops are lightly colored.Transfer the cookies to a wire continued in part 2
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1234g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 425 (11%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 47.2g||63 %|
|Saturated Fat 5.2g||26 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 25.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 12.2g|
|Cholesterol 211.5mg||65 %|
|Sodium 4573mg||158 %|
|Potassium 3615.8mg||95 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 865.4g||255 %|
|Dietary Fiber 35g||140 %|
|Sugars, other 830.5g|
|Protein 56.1g||80 %|
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Calories per serving: 3979
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