Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mixed-nut-&-berry horseshoes

It's an extendion of my previous post on basic danish pastry. I always prefer complex filling, like this time I decided on mixing almond, pecan, and wild berries preserve. Whether making everything from scratch or buying store-bought, for me very much depends on buget and time. This time mine are mostly store-bought, but I've also included a recipe of mixed-nut filling.

Recipe of horseshoes
(Yield 9 pastries)


  • Spoon out some pecan filling mixed with ground almond, ratio is 1:1. Set aside
  • Roll the pastry dough to a 8 x 18 inches rectangle. Cut lengthwise into thirds, making 3 strips
  • Take out one strip, in the middle spread with the berries preserve, then the nut-mixture (photo upper left). Pinch the edge to seal the seam (upper right). Cut the strip into three, seam side down, and bend into horseshoes (bottom left), lay them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Repeat the same procedure to the two strips. Covered, let rise in a cool place for 30 minutes
  • Pre-heat oven to 375F. Brush pastries with beaten egg, sprinkle sugar and almond, bake until golden brown (bottom right)

    To make mixed-nuts filling from scratch: well combine 1 cup almond paste, 1/2 cup ground pecan, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 egg white and 1 tsp almond extract to make a smooth paste



Anh said...

Yum yum, Gattina! Throw some over here for me, yeah? ;)

Asha said...

Great looking Horseshoe cookie and the filling combo is yummy!:)

Anonymous said...

Your pastry is absolutely perfect!

Anonymous said...

Now that's a breakfast!

Anonymous said...

Yes, can we have a horseshoe throwing contest and the winner gets to eat all the horseshoes?? :):) I'm ready to play!

Anonymous said...

Gattina Loved your heart shaped coconut and carrot sweet , It's so yummm!
yet another Temptation with mixed nut filling in a horse shoe cookie, This looks too Tempting! wish I was your neighbour to taste all of your Goodies :))

Unknown said...

What a feast for the senses, all these fabulous pastries!

Lis said...

Beautiful - just beautiful!! I agree with Peabody - I'd KILL to have those for breakfast. :D

Kajal said...

Your pastry looks beautiful.I visit your blog first time.Your blog is good. Have a nice day.

Brilynn said...

I've never heard of waldbeere, but I'd be willing to give it a try, that looks delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Omg, Gattina!

These are beautiful and your choice of filling is fantastic - nuts and berries, together?? I don't think I would be polite enough to eat just one. No, ma'am. :D

Gattina Cheung said...

Anh, if I could... specially delivery by me :D Thanks for the kind words sweetie!

Asha, yes, it's my favorite combo!

Kristen, thanks for your compliement!

Peabody, make it all-day breakfast :D

Sher, throw them to my mouth then, kekee. Thanks sweetie!

Lera, thanks for your compliment!

Angie *smack smack* Seems your days super busy recently eh?

Lis, oh thanks! I do like something very rich and sweet for breakfast :D

kajal, thanks for your visit and your kind words :D

Brilynn, oh darn... I put a German (?) word of wildberry there *lol* Thanks for pointing it out *smooch*

Pat, oh you're so sweet darling! I usually eat 2 or 3 a day, but at different time :D