Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Traditional recipes: Rosquetes rellenos (stuffed donuts) a 19th century recipe

Rosquetes canarios (Canarian donuts)

Fried donuts filled with a boozy, nutty, syrupy mixture, what's not to like? Some effort, but should be well worth it. Those of you 'of a certain age' may be familiar with the curious old measurements that had appeared in this ancient Canarian recipe.

Ingredients: 

1 egg and 4 egg yolks
½ pound (250g) of flour
½ pound (250g) of lard
2 teaspoons of yeast
juice of 1.5 lemons
a pinch of salt
butter for spreading
2 ounces (57.4g) peeled almonds
½ pound (250g) of sugar
a glass of anise liqueur
ground cinnamon
anise/aniseed
Sherry

Method: 

Beat an egg (white and yolk together). Next, mix ½ pound of flour and ½ pound of lard and two teaspoons of yeast. When they are well mixed, add the beaten egg, which has previously been mixed with the water that is necessary [going to have to guess this one], the juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of salt. After kneading everything very well, roll out the dough on a floured surface. When well extended, it needs to be folded into four. It is first spread well with butter. This must be done three times, letting butter rest from one layer to another, for about ten minutes.

Fry two ounces of peeled almonds then grind them. Then a syrup is made, putting on the heat half a pound of sugar with half a quart of water and stirring well (it is removed from the heat when the syrup coats the back of the spoon, hanging on it as if it were a strand). To this syrup are added the ground almonds, the juice of half a lemon, a glass of anise liqueur, a powder [pinch] of ground cinnamon, a powder [pinch] of anise, half a portion of Sherry wine and four yolks. When all the ingredients have been mixed well, put this paste on the heat until it is well cooked. It is better to wait a day to introduce this paste into the donuts (leave in a cool place).

Roll out the previously prepared dough with a rolling pin, until it is very fine. Then the dough is cut into pieces four fingers wide, put a little of the filling in the center of the dough and then roll it, like a cigar, forming the donut. The donuts are then fried in very hot oil.

  • Libra (Pound): Old weight, variable according to the provinces, in the Canary Islands it can be compared to 500 grams. Therefore, in this recipe 250 grams are mixed. flour and 250 grs. lard. The syrup is also made with 250 grams. of sugar.
  • Onza (Ounce): Weight that consists of 16 adarmes and is equivalent to 287 decigrams. Therefore, in this recipe, the filling of the donuts is made with 57.4 grs. peeled almonds.
  • Cuartillo (Quart): Measurement of liquids, a quarter of a gallon, equivalent to 504 milliliters. Therefore, in this recipe the syrup is made with ¼ liter of water.
  • Polvo (Powder): Powder is understood as that which is only taken with the fingertips of the thumb and index finger [.i.e. a pinch].

El Mercado de La Laguna con las recetas tradicionales: Rosquetes rellenos (Receta del siglo XIX)

The video below shows a more usual recipe for Rosquetes canarios (Canarian donuts), in which the unfilled donuts are fried and then bathed in sugar syrup.



Recetas de cocina fácil - Rosquetes canarios
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