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A Bola D'hispaniola. Recipe

A Bola D'hispaniola Recipe

History:
A Bola D'hispaniola is a traditional dessert hailing from Hispaniola, a Caribbean island shared by Dominican Republic and Haiti. With its unique blend of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino influences, the cuisine of Hispaniola is incredibly diverse, and this dessert reflects that diversity. The recipe combines European and Caribbean flavors to create a delicious and indulgent treat.

Fun Facts:
- The name "Bola D'hispaniola" translates to "Hispaniola Ball" in English.
- This dessert is often enjoyed during special occasions such as holidays and celebrations in Hispaniola.
- The combination of citron, orange, and lemon peel in this recipe gives the dessert a delightful citrus flavor.

Ingredients:
- 1 ½ pounds of flour
- 3 tablespoons of yeast
- 2 ounces of fresh butter
- 1 tablespoon of essence of lemon
- 8 eggs
- ½ cup of water
- ¼ pound of citron
- ¾ pound of orange and lemon peel
- Powdered sugar
- Cinnamon
- Powdered sweet almonds

Instructions:
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, fresh butter, essence of lemon, eggs, and water. Mix well until a light dough is formed.
2. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour in a warm place until it doubles in size.
3. Roll out the dough and divide it into three equal pieces.
4. Prepare the citron, orange, and lemon peel by cutting them into thin slices. Mix them together with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
5. Layer the pieces of dough with the fruit mixture, ensuring that the layers of fruit are evenly distributed.
6. Transfer the Bola D'hispaniola to a greased baking dish, making sure it is not baked in a tin.
7. Sprinkle powdered sweet almonds and sugar over the top of the Bola.
8. Bake the dessert in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 45 minutes or until it is golden brown and cooked through.
9. Once baked, remove the Bola D'hispaniola from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Superior Recipe for Almond Pudding:
For those with a preference for almond-based desserts, here's an additional recipe for an almond pudding that will surely delight your taste buds.

Ingredients:
- 10 egg yolks
- 7 egg whites
- ½ pound of sweet almonds, finely pounded
- ½ pound of white sugar
- ½ ounce of bitter almonds
- 1 tablespoon of orange flower water
- Powdered sugar
- Clarified sugar with orange flower water (optional)

Instructions:
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and egg whites together until well combined.
2. Add in the sweet almonds, white sugar, bitter almonds, and orange flower water. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
3. Grease a baking dish and pour the pudding mixture into it.
4. Bake the pudding in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 40-45 minutes or until it is set and lightly golden.
5. Once the pudding is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
6. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of the pudding or, for an extra touch, pour over some clarified sugar with orange flower water.
7. Serve the almond pudding chilled or at room temperature.

Similar Recipes:
If you enjoy A Bola D'hispaniola and almond-based desserts, here are a few other recipes you might want to try:

1. Torta Caprese: A famous Italian chocolate and almond cake, typically made with ground almonds and dark chocolate.
2. Almond Tarts: A classic French pastry made with almond cream filling in a crisp crust.
3. Baklava: A popular Middle Eastern dessert made with layers of phyllo dough, nuts (including almonds), and sweet syrup.

These desserts share a common thread of using almonds as a key ingredient, resulting in rich and delightful flavors that are loved around the world.

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