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Lamplich. Recipe

Introduction:
Lamplich is a delicious dessert that has been enjoyed for generations. The recipe originates from England and has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Lamplich is known for its combination of sweet fruits, flavorful spices, and a buttery puff pastry crust. This delightful dessert is relatively easy to prepare, and its unique flavor profile makes it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

Fun fact: The word "lamplich" is derived from the Middle English term "lamprys," which refers to the European lamprey, a type of fish. However, there is no fish in this dessert recipe, and the name is believed to have evolved over time.

Recipe: Lamplich

Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound of currants
- 1/2 pound of raisins
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of citron, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 8 apples, finely chopped
- 1 package of puff pastry, thawed
- 1 ounce of butter, melted
- 1/4 cup of clarified sugar
- 1 teaspoon of lemon essence

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a deep baking dish and set it aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the currants, raisins, sugar, citron, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and chopped apples. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

3. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface, and using a knife, cut it into small triangles.

4. Spoon a generous amount of the fruit mixture onto each triangle of puff pastry. Fold the pastry over to form small, triangular puffs, sealing the edges with a fork.

5. Arrange the filled pastry puffs closely together in the greased baking dish until it's full.

6. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, clarified sugar, and lemon essence. Drizzle this mixture over the pastry puffs in the baking dish, ensuring even coverage.

7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.

8. Once baked, remove the Lamplich from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Fun fact: Traditional Lamplich recipes often called for suet instead of butter for a richer flavor and texture. Suet is a type of fat found around the kidneys of animals. However, many modern recipes, like this one, substitute butter for a more accessible ingredient.

Similar recipes:
1. Eccles Cake: This classic British pastry is filled with a mixture of currants, sugar, and butter and wrapped in puff pastry. It is often served with a cup of tea.

2. Cherry Bakewell Tart: Originating from the town of Bakewell in England, this tart features a sweet almond filling topped with cherries and covered with a layer of puff pastry.

3. Apple Strudel: This Austrian dessert consists of thinly sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins rolled in layers of flaky pastry dough.

4. Fruit Mince Pie: A staple of British Christmas celebrations, fruit mince pies are filled with a mixture of dried fruits, spices, and brandy. They are traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season.

Conclusion:
Lamplich is a delightful dessert that combines the delicious flavors of currants, raisins, and apples with warm spices like clove and cinnamon. The crisp, buttery puff pastry adds a delightful texture to this traditional English dish. Whether you're serving it as a dessert for a special occasion or enjoying it as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea, Lamplich is sure to be a hit. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and immerse yourself in the rich history and flavors of this classic recipe.

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