Fotelje {couches}

This little treat is something I grew up with and have fond memories of enjoying when I was very young. I still remember the time I was around 10 years old when visiting my brothers god parents house and sneaking into one of the rooms that was used primarily as cake and cookie storage. Talk about jackpot! There was always a treasure trove of sweet baked treats sitting in containers that were brought out after lunch or dinner. Mind you, there were also a few missing before they even made it to the table!

Fotelje basically translates to couches as they slightly resemble one when the pastry is folded and bent into shape. The recipe is very easy to make as you can just use prepared shortcrust pastry from the supermarket. Or you could spend the time and make your own. I mixed it up by rolling them into little cigars, similar to another baked treat – kiflice. This plum jam-filled treat is great with a strong coffee and is seriously difficult to stop at just one. If you can get your hands on the Podravka dark plum jam I’d say use it. Otherwise a very thick plum jam would do.

fotelje

makes 32

  • 2 sheets shortcrust pastry
  • dark plum jam
  • icing sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut each sheet of pastry into 16 squares. Place ¼ teaspoon of the jam into the centre of each square, fold in half diagonally and gently press the edges to seal. With the long side of the folded triangle facing you, take the left and right corners and bring them together.

To make cigar shapes, take each square sheet of pastry and cut it into a round. Cut the round into 12 triangles and place ¼ teaspoon of jam on the outside of the pastry and gently roll it towards the centre. No need to moisten with water or egg.

Place the prepared fotelje onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minuntes before tossing well in icing sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.