Bright and unusual cake Shakotis
The classic version of the cake in our understanding is a dessert of round or square shape, decorated with cream or mastic, and complemented by a different decor. But there are completely unusual options, such as, for example, shakotis cake - the national delicacy of Poles and Lithuanians. Its main feature is that it is cooked on an open fire and has the shape of a Christmas tree. Let's find out if it can be done at home.
Loaf or cookies?
Despite the fact that officially the shakotis is called a cake, those who were lucky enough to try it, point to similarities with cookies, and even punish. By tradition, such pastries are usually prepared for the wedding table, in which case it is additionally decorated with flowers and other decorations. And also it is a kind of souvenir, which tourists are happy to buy.
Representatives of the Lithuanian and Polish peoples have been “fighting” for the right to be called the authors of this dessert. True, the Poles had a delicacy initially slightly different, a more smooth form,but fame shakotis brought just numerous "branches".
How to cook such unusual goodies? Here is a list of required products:
- eggs - 50 pcs .;
- flour - 1 kg;
- sugar - 800-900 g;
- butter - 1 kg;
- citric acid - 10 g;
- Cognac - 100 g
To make the dessert really tasty, the dough must be quite thin. All ingredients are thoroughly mixed until homogeneous, and then baked using a special wooden skewer, which is watered with a certain frequency and the resulting mass, which drains, instantly hardens. This is how the famous branches are made.
Repeat the same at home is unlikely to work, but those who really want to make such a dessert, bakers recommend to reduce the proportions of the main recipe by 10 times, and pour the dough into small cupcake molds, with a hole inside. Bake it in the oven at high temperature.
In Lithuania, they believe that the higher the “tower” of shakotis, the greater the love of the newlyweds. Therefore, many couples often compete in the size of the national delicacy. Well, for those who travel around Latvia, it's enough just to look into one of the shops, there necessarily is a souvenir sweetness. Bon Appetit!
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