Wednesday, October 20, 2010

100th Post- an Invitation "La Placinte"

Pronounced "plæchinte", these very famous and ubiquitous pastries can pass for National Dish of Moldova. We bake them all the time for a wide range of occasions or no occasion at all. There are many ways folks make these pastries, but the one I am presenting today yields a very flaky and crisp pastry!

Well, my occasion today is my 100th posting: I made it, though much slower than I thought I would!

Anyway, I am going to be slightly more generous than usual, and provide you with a bit more detail on the making of these beautiful and tasty pastries! For the seasoned baker out there, just looking at the pictures would be enough of an idea of what to expect.

For the dough you need:
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 and 3/8 cup water
  • 2 pounds sliced  raw potatoes, seasoned with salt, black pepper, spices or herbs of your choice.
  • Oil for brushing the dough
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dough and knead a smooth, pliable dough, as if for bread. You may need to add more flour or water, depending on the humidity level of your flour and room.
  2. Divide the dough into 10-12 equal parts, slightly knead into small balls and let rest for 60 minutes.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into pizza-like crusts about 25 cm diameter.   
  4. Generously brush every single sheet with oil, and lay them one on top of the other. Let rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Take one sheet at a time and stretch it till it becomes very thin, almost transparent. Either use your both hands and rotate the dough by grabbing its edges or stretch it on a flat working surface. Do not worry if it breaks here and there- it will get covered! (see photos)
  6. When you have a  thin sheet about 40cmX40cm, start folding it like for an envelope, each time brushing it with oil. (that is how you gate the flakiness) - see photos.
  7. When you have folded your dough, place a handful of stuffing in the center and start "gluing" its corners (see photos). You may want to glue 4 corners for a square shape and 6 corners for a round one.
  8. Place on greased baking sheets and bake for about 35-40 min at 350F.

Pofta Buna!


Anonymous said...

I remember eating those when we came to your house in WF. They're delicious.

sinfullyspicy said...

happy 100th post Adelina...keep up your fab work.
pastry looks really yummy and crispy.ur hard work shines in those shots

sangeeta said...

Hi Adelina....this is a new technique of stuffing and i will try this n let you know...yummy looking bread...

veena krishnakumar said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!! Pictorial is very good and helpful. Love to try this out

Satya said...

hey Adelina ,Hearty congrats dear for ur 100th post ...i am totally flattened on these wonderful pastry puff ...u r awesome n i am going try this for sure this visual treat


Prathima Rao said...

Congrats on ur 100th post n i bet many more such special recipes on the way!!The pastry looks gorgeous..

Priya said...

Congrats on ur 100th post, wishing u more and more beautiful things in this blogsphere, pastry looks absolutely fabulous and completely a new dish to me..

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Mimosa Café said...

hello i love your blog and recipes! i will be following. best wishes.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Congratulations on ur 100th post,looking forward for many more exciting recipes. Pastry looks very tempting,new to me. Bookmarked!!!!!

alison said...

congrats,adelina ,for 100th post!
placintele sunt fantastice,aluat superb,mi-ai amintit de placintele postului craciunului,cu care mereu bunica ne rasfata!

spécialiste de l'éphémère said...

This looks so good! said...

Congratulations on your 100Th posting!!!!I want some!!!!they look so good.Reminds me of homw

Spicie Foodie said...

Wow!,I have got to make these for my next vegetarian night. Thanks for sharing so many step by step photos, I love that. My mouth wont stop watering. You have really delicious recipes, glad to have found your blog.

(By the way I would like to invite you to participate in my roundup this month. Please stop by my blog to see if you are interested.

Swathi said...

Congrats on your 100th post Adelina. You are rocking. I love the step by step picture of this national dish. Love it. Sure try. Keep it up and wishing you many more post to come.

Jay said...

wow...wat a wonderful post to celebrate 100 th post...This recipe sounds fantastic n yur presentation is excellent dear..

Tasty Appetite

aipi said...

As I was scrolling down the page on your post my drive to make it for myself got stronger and stronger. What a fabulous puffed stuffed bread. A perfect fit for celebrating your 100th! Congratulations... I really like your style and can sense the amount of passion that goes behind your creations. Happy to follow you. Good luck.

Pari said...

Hi Adelina,
First time here and I guess I landed the right time. Hearty congrats on ur 100. The pastry looks beaytiful and love ur detailed explanation making it all the more worthwhile to try.Glad to follow u.

Amritha Kalyani said...

Wooow looks delicious.. very tempting. nice pics.

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