Saturday, 8 September 2012

Placinta cu dovleac

“Pumpkin pie or strudel”

I saw pumpkins on the market for the first time this year yesterday and couldn’t resist buying one to make pumpkin pie; one of my favourite pies, I must confess. I usually make a open pie with a kind of pate brisee base and a pastry lattice on top, filled with chunks of steamed pumpkin sautéed in butter and sugar and seasoned with orange peel and almond, and I’m sure I’ll be making one of those at some point this autumn as pumpkins are cheap and readily available for the next month or two. This time however, I deferred to Ms RomFoody’s grandma’s recipe so I would have something to put on my blog. She also made it, so that just left me to write it up, take a picture, and get down to the serious task of eating as many slices as possible!

Time: 90 mins
Servings: 20 slices

1 pumpkin (probably just under 2kg before peeling and deseeding)
1 ½ cups of sugar, plus a little more for sprinkling on top
3 little packets of vanilla sugar (about 25g)
1 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 packet of phyllo pastry (15 sheets) (15 ‘foi de placinta’)
A knob of softened butter
A drizzle of sunflower oil

1. Preheat the oven to about 200-210C.
2. Remove the skin of the pumpkin, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, and then grate it into a large bowl.
3. Add the two types of sugar and the spices to the pumpkin and mix well.
4. Lay out the phyllo sheets on a flat surface, spoon about a fifth of the pumpkin mixture out onto the top sheet and spread it in an even layer. Then lift up 3 sheets and roll them up from the longer side. Transfer to a baking sheet/tray lined with baking paper. Repeat four more times. The rolls can be placed closely together.
5. Spread the butter over the top and drizzle on the oil, and then sprinkle with sugar.
6. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cut each roll into four and serve when cooled. You can also dust them with icing sugar.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love these recipes. This one in particular looks delicious. I am sure I will be cooking it really soon. I love them beause the have few ingredients and they are easy to make. This one has a very long preparation time. The recipie states 90 minutes but i am sure It will take me more than 2 hours. Thanks to this blog Romanian Translationof recipes is no longer needed