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                     GOSH FEEL (ELEPHANT EAR PASTRIES)
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 Serving Size  : 40   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Ethnic
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2                    Eggs
    2       ts           Caster sugar
      1/4   ts           Salt
      1/2   c            Milk
    4       ts           Oil
    2 1/2   c            Plain flour
      1/4   c            Plain flour for kneading
      1/2   ts           Ground cardamom
                         Oil for deep-frying
                         -----TO FINISH-----
    1       c            Icing (confectioners') sugar
      1/2   ts           Ground cardamom (optional)
      1/2   c            Finely chopped pistachios
   *Note: Pistachio nuts should be blanched.  Optionally, same amount of
   finely chopped walnuts may be used intead of pistachios.
   Beat eggs until frothy, beat in sugar and salt. Stir in milk and oil. Sift
   flour, add half to egg mixture and blend in with wooden spoon. Gradually
   stir in remainder of flour, holding back about 1/2 cup.  Turn onto floured
   board and dust with some of reserved flour.  Knead for 10 minutes until
   smooth and glossy, using more flour as required.  Dough will still be
   slightly sticky.   Cover with plastic wrap and rest for 2 hours.
   Take a piece of dough about the size of a large hazelnut and roll out on a
   floured board to a circle about 8-10 cm (3-4 inches) in diameter.  Gather
   up dough on one side and pinch, forming a shape resembling an elephant ear.
   Place on a cloth and cover.  Repeat with remaining dough.
   Deep fry one at a time in oil, heated to 190 C (375 F) turning to cook
   evenly.  Fry until golden, do not over-brown.  As dough is rather elastic,
   the pastry tends to contract with handling, so just before dropping pastry
   into hot oil, pull out lightly with fingers to enlarge.
   Drain pastries on paper towels.  Sift icing sugar with cardamom if used and
   dust pastries with mixture.  Sprinkle with nuts and serve warm or cold.
   Store in a sealed container.
   Alternative topping:  Make a syrup with 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
   Bring to the boil when sugar is dissolved and boil for 5 minutes.  Dribble
   syrup onto warm pastries and sprinkle with cardamom and nuts.
   From: “The Complete Middle East Cookbook” by Tess Mallos.
         ISBN: 1 86302 069 1
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