This cookie is a Chilean dessert. Although it does not quite follow my healthy eating style, it is not a super sweet dessert. And I believe that everyone should have a little sweetness in their life every once in awhile.
I did a presentation on Chile and had to make an authentic Chilean dish. This is the one that I choose to make. This one stood out to me because of the background of the story on how they were named.
The story is that the Chilean women that was selling these was in a dress, when a gust of wind blew up her dress reveling her torn underwear. Calzones Rotos means torn underwear and the name has continued on ever since.
This dessert kind of reminds me of a family recipe that I make with my dad every year around Christmas. It is a fried dough that is like a old fashion doughnut and I think it would be a great compliment to coffee or tea.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powder sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons Pisco
Vegetable oil for frying
extra powder sugar for dusting
1. Whisk together the flour, powder sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond flavoring, and zest. Add the liquid to the dry mixture and stir briefly. Add the softened butter and work it into the dough with your fingers until will mixed.
3. Add the Pisco, 1 tablespoon at a time, kneading the dough after each tablespoon, until you have a smooth, pliable dough.
4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Preheat 2 inches of oil in a heavy pot with deep sides to 350 degrees.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the dough to about 1/4 inch think. Cut strips of dough into rectangles, about 2 inches by 4 inches. Make a one inch long slit into the middle and pull one end of the rectangle through the slit.
7. Fry the cookies in the oil, working in batches, until they are golden on both sides, turning them at least once. Remove them with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle them with powder sugar while they are still warm.
The cookies are best the day of, but they will keep for 2-3 days in an air tight container.
Give these fun cookies a try and leave a comment to let me know how it goes for you!