Monday, February 4, 2008

Walnut Pillows

1 1/2 cups plain flour
4 oz unsalted butter, cubed
6 egg yolks
Vegetable oil, to grease
Plain flour, extra, to dust
Icing sugar mixture, to dust

Walnut filling
3/4 cup walnut pieces
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 oz unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice

Sift flour into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub butter into the flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolks and stir until a soft, sticky dough forms. Divide dough into 16 equal portions and roll into balls. Place on a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
To make the walnut filling, place the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Place in a bowl. Add the sugar, milk, butter and mixed spice, and stir to combine.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush a baking tray with oil to lightly grease.
Roll out a dough portion on a lightly floured surface to an 3 x 4 inch rectangle. Repeat with remaining dough portions. Place a heaped teaspoonful of walnut mixture in the centre of each rectangle. Fold over edges to enclose filling. Press edges together to seal. Place pillows, seam-side down, on the prepared tray.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve with hot chocolate.

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