This recipe comes to us from A. Sokolowski.
1 ½ cup cornmeal
1 ½ cup cornstarch
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
9 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
¾ cup raisins or currants soaked in 2 tablespoons water or rum
¾ cup toasted walnuts or hazelnuts, chopped into large pieces
Grated zest of one lemon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water
In a food processor, blend together cornmeal and baking powder. Add butter and pulse until pea sized. Transfer to a bowl and mix in currants and nuts.
Beat eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and water into dry ingredients.
Divide dough into 3 parts. Place dough on parchment paper or silpat pad on sheet pan. Shape each piece into long, round top flattened log, 2 ½" by 8” by 1”. Bake about 20 min or until dough is a light gold. Let cool 5 minutes.
Cut each log diagonally into ¾ inch slices. Place the slices, cut side down onto baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes, turn them over and bake 5 minutes longer, until firm. Transfer to a rack and cool completely. Keep in tightly covered tin.
Experiment with different dried fruits and nuts, apricots, dried cherries, cranberries....cashews, almonds, pistachios, etc.