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Almond Sticks--fleischig Recipe

Almond sticks, fleischig, are a delicious treat that have been enjoyed for many years. This recipe combines the rich flavors of almonds and raisins with a sweet and cinnamon sugar coating. It is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, and can be enjoyed as a snack or dessert.

To start, gather the following ingredients:

- 1/2 glass of fat
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking-powder
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of sugar (for coating)
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (for coating)
- 1/2 pound of grated almonds
- 1/2 pound of small raisins (washed)

Before we delve into the recipe, let's take a moment to explore the history of almond sticks. Almond-based pastries have been enjoyed in various cultures for centuries. Almonds themselves have a rich history, originating in the Mediterranean region and being cultivated since ancient times. The combination of almonds and raisins in this recipe adds a delightful texture and taste to the finished product.

Now, let's continue with the recipe.

1. Preheat your oven to a hot temperature.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the fat, eggs, flour, baking-powder, water, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Knead the ingredients lightly until a smooth dough forms.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness that is not too thin.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining 2 cups of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Set aside half of this mixture for later use.

5. Sprinkle the rolled-out dough with the grated almonds and the half of the sugar and cinnamon mixture that was not reserved.

6. Distribute the raisins evenly over the dough, pressing them lightly into the surface.

7. Carefully roll the dough into a log shape, making sure to seal the edges.

8. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into small, bite-sized pieces.

9. Brush each piece with melted fat to give it a glossy finish.

10. Roll each piece in the reserved sugar and almond mixture, ensuring that it is coated thoroughly.

11. Grease a baking pan and arrange the coated pieces on it, leaving a bit of space between them.

12. Place the baking pan in the preheated oven and bake until the almond sticks are golden brown and crispy. The exact baking time may vary, but it typically takes around 15-20 minutes.

Once the almond sticks are ready, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.

One fun fact about almond sticks is that they can be easily customized to suit individual preferences. For example, you could add a touch of vanilla extract to the dough for extra flavor, or sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of the finished almond sticks for decorative purposes.

Almond sticks are similar to other almond-based pastries found in various cuisines. In Jewish cuisine, a similar treat known as mandelbrot is enjoyed. Mandelbrot is a twice-baked almond bread that is typically flavored with cinnamon and can also include ingredients like chocolate chips or dried fruit.

In summary, almond sticks, fleischig, are a delightful treat that combines the flavors of almonds, raisins, cinnamon, and sugar. This recipe provides a step-by-step guide to creating these delicious sticks, and also shares some interesting information about their history and related dishes. Enjoy the process of making and indulging in this classic treat!

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