Walnut crescents

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1¾ cup Flour
⅓ cup Sugar
1¼ cup Ground walnuts
2 \N Egg yolks
1 cup Sweet butter
\N \N Confectioners sugar

Legend has it that bakers started making pastry in the form of crescents following the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683.

Preheat oven to 350ø.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and ground walnuts. Make a little well in the flour mixture and add the egg yolks. Cut butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Knead thoroughly and shape into a ball. Add flour, if needed, to prevent the dough from sticking to the bowl.

Cut the ball in 4 parts and shape each part in a roll about inch thick.

Cut ¼-inch pieces and form small crescents in the palm of your hand.

Place crescents on a greased baking sheet and bake about 9-10 minutes, until light brown.

While still warm, roll the crescents in the confectioners sugar (be careful, they break very easily), then place them on a board to cool. Store in a cookie tin. The flavor actually improves with time.

Yield: about 3 dozen. Franziska Mayer, Washington, DC Randy Shearer

From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini

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