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Author Notes: A colorful range of dried fruits ( prunes, candied orange, cranberries, and apricots) are folded into a creamy hazelnut frangipane. A dollop of this is placed in a doubled square of buttered filo, and pinched up into a 'kiss'. Baked kisses make a unique addition to a finger sweets display(my initial motivation) and can be served as is or accompanied by a vanilla crème anglaise dipping sauce.
—LE BEC FIN
Makes 100 kisses
- 6 ounces unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
- 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3-4 Tablespoons dark rum
- 5 ounces skinned hazelnuts, toasted and ground medium
- 5 ounces dried apricots, chopped*
- 5 ounces prunes, chopped
- 2 1/2 ounces candied orange peel, chopped
- 2 1/2 ounces dried tart cherries, chopped
- 1 box Ariston filo dough
- 3/4 lb.melted unsalted butter
- optional 2 cups vanilla creme anglaise
- In standing mixer with paddle, beat 6 ounces butter and sugar til soft and creamy. Add eggs a little at a time, then add flour, rum, hazelnuts, scraping up sides of bowl to mix well. Transfer to shallower bowl and fold in chopped fruit. (Can be held in frig a few days as is.)
- Open up filo onto the side of your counter and cover well with dampened towels. Remove 2 sheets of filo together and place in front of you, horizontally. Fold back one side of the top sheet, lightly butter the bottom filo and cover with the top fold. Fold back the other side of the top sheet and repeat the method. Lightly butter the whole top sheet,especially the edges (they dry out first). Cut through the 2 sheets into 9 squares. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each square. Pull up around the filling and pinch into a kiss or purse shape. Lightly butter all the outsides of the kisses and place them shoulder to shoulder on a sheet pan. Freeze sheet pan in sealed plastic bag or transfer kisses to sealed container. Keep in freezer (or frig.) and bake on parchment or silpat at 350-375 degrees F for ~ 20 minutes til browned and filling is firm. Serve plain or with creme anglaise.
- * Optional- macerate chopped fruit in brandy, armagnac and/or sweetened black tea concentrate that has been brought to boil and then turned off. Fruit can sit in it overnight, then remove the fruit and cook briefly over low heat til fairly dry. Cool and use as above. Remaining liquid can be used for drinking or with ice cream or in another dessert recipe.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Dried Fruit