Pastry, filled with cottage cheese mixed with egg and fruit, then cut into little squares, Quesadillas (kay-sah-dee-ass) make a nourishing snack with coffee.
12 oz. flour
½ teaspoon salt
6 oz. butter, chilled
2 small eggs, lightly beaten
3 TO 4 tablespoons iced water
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons sugar
8 oz. cottage cheese, strained
1 egg, beaten together with
2 egg yolks
4 oz. castor sugar
1 teaspoon mixed spice or ground allspice
3 oz. currants
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 teaspoon vanilla essence
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and cut it into small pieces with a table knife. With your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the beaten eggs with 2 tablespoons of the iced water and mix into the flour mixture with the table knife. Add more water if the dough is too dry.
Knead the dough gently and form it into a ball. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to fairly hot 400 F (Gas Mark 6, 200°C).
To make the filling, place the cottage cheese, beaten eggs, castor sugar, mixed spice or allspice, currants, lemon juice and vanilla essence in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, beat the ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide it in half. On a lightly floured board, using a rolling pin, roll out one half of the dough to a rectangle large enough to line a 7- x 11-inch baking sheet. Lift the dough on to the rolling pin and place it on the baking sheet. Spoon the filling on to the dough, spreading it out evenly to within J-inch of the edges. With a pastry brush, moisten the edges of the dough with a little water.
Roll the remaining dough out to a rectangle large enough to cover the filling. Lift the dough on to the filling, pressing the edges of the dough together to seal them. Cut a slit in the centre of the dough and trim the edges. Discard the trimmings. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the dough with the milk and sprinkle with the sugar.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the dough for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is golden brown.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it aside to cool completely. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 8 squares. Transfer the pastry squares to a serving dish and serve.