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Perece z Gastanu

January 13, 2010


Perece z Gastanu - Chestnut Pretzels

Perece z Gastanu literally translates to “Dough with Chestnut” and is also known as Chestnut Pretzels.   These are dense savory cookies, not too sweet, and delicious served warm with a cup of Turkish coffee.   They remind me of biscotti, but are a bit more moist and flavorful.  A variation of this pretzel recipe is to put the chopped nuts in the  batter, and then to sprinkle with icing sugar.


  • 5 oz butter
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 1 lb cooked sweet chestnuts, boiled and then mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 egg white
  • Handful of nuts, such as hazelnut, almonds or walnuts – chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with canola oil lightly.


  1. Carve an X on the flat sides of the chestnuts (or they will explode in the next step)
  2. Place them in cold water on the stove, bring to a simmer, then remove a few at a time and peel the chestnuts
  3. Mix the butter, sugar, chestnuts and flour together in a food processor until well blended (Pauline would have done this by hand, grinding the chestnuts through a seive)
  4. If the dough is crumbly, add a few drops of water and process again until the dough can be formed into a ball
  5. Form the dough into long, rolled pieces, about 1/2 inch thick
  6. Take the ends of two pieces and twist together .  Or braid 3 pieces together if your pieces are thin enough (I couldn’t get it thin enough).
  7. Cut the twisted or braided pieces into 1 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal.
  8. Whisk the egg white gently.
  9. Smear egg white onto top of pretzels
  10. Sprinkle with chopped nuts
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the pretzels start to turn golden colored.


    Perece z Gastanu - Chestnut Cake

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