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Khrustyky

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Makes

1-1/2 dozen pastries

This crispy, dainty pastry dusted with confectioners' sugar has an eggy flavor similar to cream puffs. I honor my Ukrainian heritage by serving khrustyky on Christmas Eve as part of the traditional feast of 12 dishes. Each dish symbolizes one of the apostles. —Carol Funk, Richard, Saskatchewan
Khrustyky Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks, cream and vanilla. Beat in sugar. Combine flour and salt; stir into the egg mixture just until smooth (dough will be soft). Divide into 4 portions.
  2. On a well-floured surface, roll out 1 portion to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 1-1/2-in. strips; cut strips diagonally into 3 pieces. Cut a 1-1/2-in. slit lengthwise into the center of each piece; pull 1 end of strip through slit to make a loop. Cover shaped pieces while rolling out and cutting the remaining dough.
  3. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat 2-3 in. of oil to 375°. Fry pastries, in batches, until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 pastry: 83 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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