You will need
- For the dough:
- water – 2 glasses;
- flour – 700 g;
- yeast – 20 g;
- sugar – 1 tbsp;
- salt – 1 tsp;
- vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
- For the filling:
- amber dried apricots – 1 kg;
- sugar – 150 g
Prepare yeast dough sponge method. To do this, in warm (30°C) water dissolve the required amount of yeast and stir in half the flour and half of the sugar. Put the dough for half an hour in a warm place and cover with a cloth so she came and has increased in volume two times.
When Opara rises, add the salt, the remaining flour, sugar, butter. Knead the dough so that it is easily kept up with the dishes and not sticking to hands. After kneading leave the dough to ferment for 1.5–2 hours. During the rise of the dough, make one-two punching.
Then roll out the dough into an oval, place on a greased baking sheet, flatten, pierce in several places with a fork so that during baking on the cake were not formed blisters. Put an even layer transparent amber slices of dried apricots, gently bend the rim, brush with syrup from under the dried apricots, garnish with flowers from the dough also brush with syrup, sprinkle in the middle of the flower poppy.
Prepare the stuffing as follows: wash the apricots, cover with hot water to cover the apricots, put the sugar and simmer for about ten minutes until soft. Then fold in a sieve or colander and refrigerate.
The thus prepared cake bake at temperature of 180-200oC until tender. As soon as the cake zarumyanitsya - he's ready. Baked cake from the rim and slices of dried apricots with a brush gently soglasiya (oil) syrup, which is cooked dried apricots. The cooled cake sprinkle with vanilla sugar and cut into squares or rectangles.
Before you knead the dough, sift the flour be sure to not only clean it from impurities, but also to ventilate. The flour thus loosened and saturated with oxygen needed for best lift test.
Advice 2: How to cook dried apricots
Dried apricots is dried apricots halves. It is very healthy because it contains a lot of magnesium and calcium, organic acids, mineral salts and pectins, as well as iodine and carotene. The use of the apricots shown in the autumn-winter period and for the treatment and prevention of several diseases.
Apricots can be dried independently. To do this, buy good apricots, wash them and remove the pits. Then hold the colander over boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Then put the apricots on a clean white cloth and dry from moisture. Put in the oven for 8-10 hours at a temperature of 65 degrees. When apricots are dry and will poluchitsya apricots, put it in a bowl of wood (but not in spruce or pine). There they must lie down for 3 weeks, then they will retain all valuable properties.
Can be dried apricots and honey. Collect good fruits, rinse and cut into halves, remove pits. As in the previous method, hold over boiling water in a colander for 10-15 minutes. Dry white cotton rag, string on thread and hang in the sun. You can hang the apricots on the tree or put on a lattice sieve. The main thing – to ensure air circulation from all sides, otherwise the fruit may rot. Weather for drying should be not damp, and hot and windy.
If you decide to buy ready-made dried apricots, it is best to take dried-fashioned way. Because in industrial scale the apricots are dried in special drying chambers where to give bright colors smoke gray, or rather, with sulfur dioxide. This substance can cause allergies, so if you are unsure of the method of producing dried apricots, choose the product dull, reddish. Before use, soak the apricots for 10-15 minutes in boiling water and rinse thoroughly.