Annamaria Settanni McDonald
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- 1 1/2 c
- all purpose flour (add more if needed)
- 1/2 c
- 1/2 tsp
- 1/2 c
- cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 c
- water (only use enough to make dough, you may not have use it all)
- 3/4 c
- butter or lard, melted
- 1 lb
- ricotta cheese
- 2 tsp
- 1/4 tsp
- pure vanilla extract
- egg, beaten
- 1/4 c
- 1-2 tsp
- grated orange peel
- 1-2 tsp
- finely chopped candied citron instead of orange peel (optional)
- of ground cinnamon (optional)
1For Filling: Combine ricotta, milk, vanilla, egg, sugar and grated orange peel. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
2For Pastry: Sift together flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix in cold butter with fingers or use food processor. Gradually add enough ice water to hold ingredients together. Toss on lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes or until dough is smooth. Cover and store in cool place for 1/2 of an hour.
3Divide dough into four equal parts. Roll out each piece with rolling pin on lightly floured surface, making sheets about 20 inches long. Pull and stretch dough if need while rolling to make dough tissue thing and transparent.
4Brush each sheet with melted butter and place sheets on top of one another. When four sheets are piled together, brush top with melted butter. Let stand 5 minutes and then roll tightly as you would a jelly roll. Roll in waxed paper and set aside for 30 minutes or more in refrigerator.
5With sharp knife, cut roll in 1/2 inch slices which will resemble narrow rolls of ribbon. Place on board or platter, cover with towel and side aside in cool place for 15 minutes.
6Place each slice on palm of left hand, with right thumb on center of roll, gently press through slice so that it forms a ribbed cone, make sure that ribs do not become entirely separated or the pastries will be too elongated.
7Carefully work around cone with thumb and index finger until it is well shaped. 3 inches across mouth and a 1/2 inch tip (resembling a closed clam V-shaped) Press tip together.
8Fill each cone with 1 heaping tablespoon of ricotta filling. Flatten cones gently between palms of hands. Place on lightly buttered parchment lined cookie sheet.
9Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until pastries are light golden color, crisp and filling is firm. Remove from oven and let cool.