It’s time again for my monthly post for “Around the World in 12 Dishes,” the series in which each month participating bloggers travel the world with their kids by cooking a dish from another country and perhaps reading a book, doing a craft, or learning fun facts about it.
Bolstered by my success at making Portuguese Milk Rolls, I decided to try making crescent rolls (klipici) from Croatia. While they weren’t quite the roaring success of the milk rolls (partly because of my own distracted cooking), they still were delicious and fun to make.
I won’t repeat the recipe here, because I really want you to visit my friend’s lovely blog to read the original recipe. But I’ll just note for those of you converting from metric that the 1 kg of flour she calls for is 8 cups! I opted to do a half batch instead, which was plenty for our little family, even with Monkey and I downing several as soon as they came out of the oven.
As usual, the dough didn’t rise for me like I’m sure it would for anyone else, but it rose enough to make the dough workable. It was so fun rolling the little triangles into crescents!
My main mistake was that I forgot about the egg wash. Completely. It would have added wonderful flavor plus given them that golden glow. Without it they did look a bit lackluster, but luckily they still tasted great (though I did keep wondering, What if? Wouldn’t they taste even better…?)
Ready for the Oven
My second (lesser) mistake was to forget to buy any cool toppings. So again, the principal taste of the rolls wasn’t affected, but it did take away from the overall presentation.
In any case, we have been enjoying them for breakfast, and even with my oversights, I like them well enough to give them another try sometime – this time with the egg wash!
It has been a busy month (when is it not?), so we didn’t do a craft this time, but I did find out about a couple of famous Croatians I thought would be of interest to my little scientist:
Nikola Tesla (remember the band?) is well known for his work with electricity and developed the Tesla coil, which became widely used in radio and television sets. He even has a scientific unit (the “tesla”) named after him!
Andrija Mohorovicic is less well known but significant to my Monkey for his work on the behavior of seismic waves and a method for locating earthquake epicenters.
Source: Cultures of the World: Croatia, Robert Cooper, 2000, New York.
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