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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Czech Desserts



One of my favorite Czech desserts or snacks I relished as a child was a Czech cookie called Listy. Listy is thin fried sweet dough shaped like a dorito that is drenched in powdered sugar. I always remembered my aunt (Teta) making these when we would come over and the adults would play cards. These are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea as they are extremely light. The Listy recipe I have displayed below makes enough for a gathering of four.

Listy

3 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 ½ tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons half & half
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar (for dusting)

1. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in sugar, half & half, salt, and vanilla.
3. Slowly add in flour making a pie crust type of dough.
4. As soon as blended, roll out dough until very thin.
5. Cut into triangles or “dorito” shapes.
6. Heat oil in pan or skillet.
7. When oil is hot enough for frying, drop in triangles and fry until lightly browned on each side.
8. Drain on towels.
9. Dust with powdered sugar.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful remembrances of youth that could have been my very own. The only difference is the recipe. Our was simpler. 1.5 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt sifted together to which is added two well-beaten eggs. That's it. Mix together and depending on the size of the eggs if it's too sticky keep adding flour in tiny amounts until you have a dough ball you can knead in your hand and it doesn't stick to your skin. When you achieve that consistency, take the dough ball and literally throw it on the counter a couple dozen times. This knocks out any air in the dough. Then roll it out as thin as you can, like paper, because as you know they puff up so much in the hot oil. You can also cut 1-2 tiny slits in each "leaf" (listy) as this makes the wedge cook more evenly. Thanks for the memories of a Moravian childhood!