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Chocolate Malt Spritz Cookies

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I know what you are thinking. You are probably thinking you are done with sweets and baking for the year!

Please say it isn’t so…?

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Welcome to Cookie Month here on Daydreamer Desserts!

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program we often receive emails with offers to try out free samples or coupons for a certain product.

Well, as soon as I saw the email addressed from Foodbuzz asking if I would like to opt-in for a chance to receive a free sample of REAL Butter and a holiday baking kit. I opened that baby up, clicked on the link, filled out the short survey, and crossed my fingers hoping I would be one of the lucky 12 selected for such an amazing sample.

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A very good friend of mine originally from the Czech Republic, who recently moved from California back to Canada (Toronto) suggested I give these a try.

She and her husband are quite the Gourmets… every single time we had dinner at their place everything was fantastic, from the conversations, multi-course meals, you name it! Good times… We miss you!!

Her favorite version of the Berliner is stuffed with Povidlen. (A plum reduction – something between a butter and jelly), the traditional ones she described are filled with a strawberry jam that is not too sweet.

Unfortunately Plums aren’t in season, and rather than filling them with strawberry jam, I decided to try something different… go figure.

It just so happens that I had a just a bit of dark chocolate spread, and a ripe banana that was just calling out to be consumed.

Oh… and one other very important thing to mention:




Chele from http://thechocolatepot.blogspot.com has been so kind to give me this Happy 101 award!

Award

As part of the Award Acceptance, I must do the following:

List 10 things that make you happy:

1 – Family time, such as playing Rock Band with my boys
2 – Cooking and Baking, especially dreaming up new recipes
3 – Organizing & hosting parties (The clean-up after the parties – not so much)
4 – A clean house
5 – Ice Cream makes me very happy (A little too much… :/ )
6 – A good workout (Especially to counter the effects of item No. 6)
7 – Traveling
8 – Singing while driving to work (I have a long commute)
9 – Shoe shopping
10 – Hot sunny days

Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day. (Done)
Put a link to their blogs (Done)
Notify the award receivers. (Will do)
Award recipients need to link back to the sender’s blog. (Done)

1. Claudia from http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com
2. Greg from http://www.sippitysup.com
3. Bianca from http://southbayrantsnraves.wordpress.com
4. Sarah from http://sjgourmet.blogspot.com
5. Alta from http://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com
6. Miriam from http://invitadoinviernoeng.blogspot.com
7. Carli from http://velveetaaintfood.blogspot.com
8. Jenny from http://purplehousedirt.com
9. Jeanne from http://www.simplemathbakery.com
10. Gera from http://www.sweetsfoods.com

And now without further ado… I give you the

Dark Chocolate Banana Filled – Berliner
adapted from DeliciousDays.com
Yields about 14 Krapfen:

500g all-purpose flour
21g fresh yeast (1 packet)
50g sugar
250ml lukewarm milk
3 egg yolks
100g butter, melted – lukewarm
a pinch of salt
about 750g clarified butter, lard or coconut oil for frying
1/2 cup dark chocolate spread
1 ripe banana, sliced
powdered sugar for dusting

Sift the flour into the bowl of a stand mixer and make a well.


Add a tablespoon of sugar to the well and the yeast.


In a small pot warm up the milk to about 110-120 degrees F. and pour it into the well. Gently stir the milk once or twice, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 15 minutes in a warm place.


Once the surface begins to look bubbly pour in the lukewarm melted butter, remaining sugar, salt, and egg yolks.


With a dough hook attachment, kneed the dough in the stand mixer just until it is no longer sticky and the dough releases itself easily from the sides of the bowl.


Once again cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.


Roll dough out and using a biscuit cutter, cut out your Berliner rounds place them on a cookie sheet, cover them with the same kitchen towel and let them rest for another 15 minutes.




When ready to fry preheat the oil to 345 degrees F and fry the berliner’s for about 4 minutes on each side, then place them on paper towels to drain.

Dark Chocolate Banana Filling


Place sliced banana and chocolate spread into a mini-food processor and process until smooth and creamy.

Place filling into a pastry bag fitted with a filling tip and go to town filling your Berliner’s. Finally, top with a dusting of powdered sugar and enjoy them with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea.


Dobrou chuƄ!

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