Foody Thursday – “Berry Baskets” Pastries – Корзинки (Korzynky)

Now sure about present time, but about 25 years ago you could buy this treat at every bakery department or store in Ukraine. They were about double the size compared to mine, no fresh berries, mixture of jam and grated nuts at the bottom and a mountain of whipped egg whites on top. Used to cost 22 kopijkas (small change in Ukraine). The name was "Korzynky" or "Koshychky" which is essencially "Baskets" in Ukrainian. Well, I have the commercial recipe, which I will share along with some changes we decided to make. Enjoy!

Foody Thursdays - Filled Tartlets

For the tartlets:
1 cup of sugar
3 egg yolks (save the whites)
250 gr butter

beat in a large bowl until smooth and sugar dissolved.

Add 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour

Fold into a soft dough, do not knead, do not add extra flour

Shortbread dough
Roll out on a table generously with flour. Cut out the circles. Here I just used the lid from my tartlets molds storage container
Cutting out circles
Place each circle into a tartlet mold. If using silicon ones – no need for grease. If using metal molds – brush with some sunflower oil
Use your fingers to spread the dough evenly, remove the access on egges to make them as straight as possible.
Ready to bake

Foody Thursdays - Tartlets ready for baking

Bake in a owen pre-heated to 200 C for about 15 minutes or till the edges turn golden
Foody Thursdays - Baked Tartlets
Fill them up!
As I mentioned above, commercial recipe asked for 1 tea spoon of jam (plum to be specific) and crushed walnuts mixture to go at the bottom.

We used some fresh raspberries and a bit of raspberry jam.

Filling with fruits and jam
Now, the egg whites filling is quite tricky to prepare. Commercial recipe used to use a so called "hot method" This is where you make your sugar syrop and pour it, still boiling over the egg whites previously whipped into steady peaks. This makes egg whites firmer and steadier and allows for a longer storage.

If you have no experience with sugar syrups and do not own a candy thrermometer, I would not recommend getting involved with the "hot method". Just whip 3 egg whites (saved) to steady peaks and add 1 cup of icing sugar. Yes, you will be eating eggwhites raw, so make sure you use fresh eggs from the source you trust.

If you really want to try "hot method": 1 cup of sugar + 1/4 cup water, boil till the mixture reaches 112C. Then immediately pour it over the eggs whites that you've already whipped to steady peaks.

Decorate your tartlets using a pastry bag with star nozzle.
We also slightly drizzled them with melted chocolate

Fruit Baskets

Pastries Berry Baskets

Compliments of
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

Other Great Recipes:

Spicy Appetizer "Korean Carrots"
Oatmeal and Sour-cream Bread
Apple Charlotte
Ukrainian Doughnuts – Пампушки
"Super-Power" Cranberry Drink
"Syrnychki" – Cottage Cheese Pancakes
"Syrna Zapikanka" – Ukrainian Cheese Casserole
"Syrnyk" Ukrainian Style Cheesecake
"Little Porcupines" Pastries – Їжачки (Yizhachky)
Camping Special – Cooking at Pinery
"Rushnychok" Ukrainian Poppy Seed Roll
Apple Puffs
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Quick Pickles
Chicken Cacciatore
Vatrushka
Orange Rice
"Parrot Tail" Cake
Galushki
Happy Mushroom Salad
Chicken A La Bacon
Crepes
Traditional Easter Bread – Paska
Honey-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Ukrainian Style Stir-Fry
Pizza Primavera
Vegetarian Borsch
Cream Puffs
Chocolate and Walnut Pastry "Alissa"
Busy Mommy's Caramel Tartlets
Kiwi Pastry
Spinach and Potato Casserole
Creamy Cheesecake
Swimmer's Choice Pasta Salad
Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread
Shepherd's Pie
Glazed Shortbread Cookies
3D Guitar Cake
Honey Oatmeal Cookies
Avocado and Smoked Salmon Terrine
Meatballs
Waldorf Chicken Salad
Booblik + Bonus Challah Bread
Chili
Cake "Mikado"
Halloween "Pumpkin" Salad
Poutine
Eggplant Rolls
Beef Stroganoff
Fish Kebabs
Apple Cranberry Pie
Raspberry Truffle Cake
Amazing Potato Bake a la Salina
Sushi
Chocolate Croissant
Traditional Russian Pie
Pierogi with Sour Cherries
Banana Bread
Dolma, or Grape Leaf Rolls
"Melting Moments" Cookies
Chicken Cutlets
Potato Pancakes!
Awesome Spinach Salad
MY SIGNATURE STEAK

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s