Last week I made Walnut Croquettes for the first time ever. I followed the recipe my Mum got from her friend.
Croquette comes from the French verb “croquer” which means “to crunch”. Croquettes are also deep fried minced food shaped into a ball or roll. Here croquettes refer to crispy sweet biscuits.
This recipe is easy to make and does not require too many and very specific ingredients. I seldom make desserts but I always have sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla extract in my kitchen cupboard as well as a few eggs in my fridge. I had enough walnuts left (I regularly buy walnuts to add in my bread) so I did not have to go out and do any shopping.
Before I give you the recipe I need to point out an important thing about these croquettes: they don’t contain any fat! Yes, this is not only healthy but also economical. No excuses for not making more and sharing them with your friends.
Yield: about 50 croquettes
- 250g four
- 200g sugar
- 1 tsp. (flat) baking powder
- 50g walnut (chopped coarsely)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs + ½ beaten egg for brushing
- Mix baking powder and flour; add sugar and walnuts. Stir well.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk well until incorporated. When the dough becomes hard (use your hands) and knead it to make a ball.
- Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each part in a cylinder (about ø 1.5cm). They will expand while cooking.
- Place the rolls on a baking tray with baking paper and brush them with the remaining beaten egg.
- Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180-190⁰C for about 20 minutes. (The dough must remain pale)
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool down for 2-3 minutes. Slice them diagonally with a sharp knife (about 1cm thick.)
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Next time I will replace walnuts with hazelnuts as my girlfriends (one in particular) love hazelnuts!