|1½ cup||(abt) water, warm|
|1 pack||(1/4 oz, 7 grams) dry yeast|
|3 tablespoons||Corn oil|
|1||Egg yolk, beaten WITH|
|½ teaspoon||Corn oil|
|¼ cup||Corn oil|
|2 mediums||(2 cups) onions, chopped water, hot & 1/4 t salt|
|1 pounds||Butternut squash, calabasa, or pumpkin,|
|2 tablespoons||Corn oil|
|3 mediums||(2 cups) onion, chopped|
|1 pounds||Ground beef or lamb|
|½ teaspoon||Salt, or to taste|
|¼ teaspoon||Pepper, peeled & cut into 1/2-in pieces|
|1 pounds||Farmer cheese|
|1||Egg yolk, beaten|
|½ teaspoon||Ground cinnamon|
|1 cup||Strawberry or grape or prune jam (lekach)|
|2 tablespoons||Bread crumbs|
SQUASH, CALABASA, OR PUMPKIN
Bichak are popular appetizers for tea or coffee hour. The pumpkin & jam stuffings are on the sweet side while meat & cheese are savory & could be eaten for lunches w/salad & dish of yoghurt. An added attraction is that they may be prepared in large quantities, cooled & frozen for the future.
Heat oil in a pan, add onions, & saute over moderate heat until onions turn golden. Add water, salt, sugar, & squash or calabasa or pumpkin & bring to a boil. Cover pan & cook over low heat for abt 20 mins as squash/calabasa/pumpkin becomes soft & disintegrates. Stir now & then, which in effect mashes contents. Continue last mins of cooking, uncovered, to evaporate all liquid & create & thick jam. The mash is still moist.
MEAT: Heat oil in a skillet & brown onions lightly over moderate heat. Add meat, salt, & pepper & stir-fry for 5 mins, making certain liquid has evaporated & mixture is dry. Cool.
CHEESE: Mix everything together. Set aside.
JAM: Mix jam & crumbs together. Set aside.
TO PREPARE TRICORNERS: 1. Mix ½ c warm water, sugar, & yeast together & proof in a warm place until mixture foams, abt 10 mins.
2. Make a well in flour, add yeast mixture, oil, & 1 egg white, & stir them into flour. Add balance of water, or enough water to prepare a soft dough. Knead for several mins & roll into a ball. Oil top lightly & leave dough in mixing bowl. Cover bowl w/foil or a towel & let rise for 45 mins to 1 hour.
3. Punch down dough ball. Pull off abt ½ cup of dough & roll into a slightly flattened ball. Prepare 6 balls.
4. On well-floured board roll out each ball, 1 at a time, to 12-" pancake. Using empty can or a cookie cutter, 3-" in diameter, cut out circles in pancake. Put 1 tb of whichever stuffing you are using, or variety of stuffings, in center of each circle. Fold over right & left side of circle to meet in the center & bring up bottom to cover stuffing. Pinch ends together to form tricorner pastry. Seal in contents. Paint tops of bichak w/egg yolk.
5. Line baking pan or cookie sheet w/lightly oiled aluminum foil.
Place tricorners on foil & bake in a preheated 350F. oven for abt 40 mins, or until brown. Serve warm. Makes 48 to 50 bichak.
NOTE: Cool bichak, store in plastic bags, & freeze. To serve, thaw out frozen bichak for ½ hour & heat in preheated 350F. oven for 5-10 mins.
Recipe: "Sephardic Cooking" by Copeland Mark -- 600 Recipes Created in Exotic Sephardic Kitchens from Morocco to India -- Copyright 1992 Published by Donald I. Fine, Inc., New York, N.Y. David Pileggi
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