||Rafiola Kokokarion (Coconut Pastries W/ Glaceed Fruit)
3 tb Granulated sugar
1 pn Salt
2 Egg yolks
4 c Finely shredded coconut
1 1/2 c Glaceed fruit
(Author's note): In a Cretan zacharoplasteion (sweet shop), we were so
intrigued by these coconut pastries (among the newer breed) that I tried
them at home. You can expect the potato pastry to be a bit difficult to
manipulate, and you can also anticipate compliments on the results.
Attractive and tasty, not excessively sweet.
Boil the potatoes in their jackets until fork tender, then drain and
remove the skins and all spots. Return the potatoes to the pan and dry
over medium heat, shaking pan constantly. Push the potatoes through a mill
or ricer, then combine in a large bowl with the sugar and salt. When
somewhat cool, add the egg yolks and coconut and knead until smooth.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and knead until smooth enough to
roll. If sticky, dust lightly with flour. Roll out on a floured board to
1/4-inch thickness, then, using a glass with a 3-1/2-inch diameter, cut
the pastry into rounds.
Meanwhile, mince the glaceed fruit. Place 1 tablespoon on the center of
each of the pastry rounds. Lift one side with a spatula and fold over the
other half, forming a half-circle. Press the edges together and place on a
baking sheet. Continue until all have been stuffed, then bake in a
moderate oven (350 F) for 15 minutes, or until firm; the pastries will be
white. Remove and cool for 10 minutes, then roll in confectioners' sugar
and cool completely. Store in a covered container.
Note: In Crete this pastry is cut with a serrated pastry cutter producing
an attractive edging.
From: "The Food of Greece" by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles. Avenel Books, New
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias