Sometimes I think baking keeps me from going insane. It’s zen, it’s like meditating. It makes me feel a bit like a witch making potions (evil laugh).
So when you feel down, save yourself by baking.
And give the product of your labour away if you tend to comfort eat. After all what they say is if you love it, set it free…
for the dough:
50grams of fresh yeast or two sachets of dry ones (15 grams)
cup of lukewarm milk
2 table spoons of sour cream
1/4 cup of sugar (or 1/4 cup of honey)
pinch of salt
3 eggs and 1 egg white (you will have one after making the filling)
100 grams of melted butter
3-4 cups of flour
for the filling:
220 grams of ricotta or quark cheese
zest and juice of one lemon
1 egg yolk
1 mashed banana
1/3 cup of honey
1 egg for brushing
1. Put yeast in a big bowl, add sugar or honey and warm milk. Mix and leave it for 10 minutes.
2. After 10 minutes when the yeast has started working add eggs, butter, sour cream, pinch of salt and 3 cups of flour.
3. Start to kneed the dough. If you need it, add more flour…no pun intended.
4. Leave the dough to raise.
5. After half and hour kneed it again and leave it for another half an hour.
6. Mix ingredients for the filling.
7. Sprinkle your working surface with more flour. Divide the dough into 4-5 parts.
8. Roll out one part of the dough on the floured surface. Cut into triangles. Brush with beaten egg.
9. Put about 1 small tablespoon of filling on the end of the triangle. Start rolling from that end making the shape of a crescent. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
10. Transfer crescents onto a baking tray lined with greased paper. Brushed each one with beaten egg and sprinkle with more sugar.
11. Bake in the oven at 170 C till they are golden brown.
Breath in and out…eat it. Be happy.