Easter Mini-Cakes (Russian style) !

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing

Kenneth Grahame

Dough ingredients (4 servings):
– 350g flour
– 300ml Kefir
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 100g butter
– 130g sugar
– 1 egg yolk
– 3g Vanilla sugar
– 80g raisins
– lemon zest (1 lemon)
– 20g candied orange peel

Icing ingredients:
– 1 egg white
– 1 teaspoon lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 10g grated pistachio
– 20g candied orange peel

1 Preheat the oven to 180C
2 Wash the raisins and let them dry
3 Mix in the 1st bowl Kefir with baking soda, leave it rest for 5 minutes
4 Mix finely in the 2nd bowl butter, lemon zest, sugar and flour
5 Add Kefir from the 1st bowl and an egg yolk in the 2nd bowl, mix finely
6 Add candied oranges and raisins in the 2d bowl
7 Put the dough in the buttered muffin cup forms till ~1/2 height
8 Bake 25-30 minutes at 180C and let the cakes cool for 20 minutes
9 Icing: whip for 5 minutes an egg white with sugar & lemon juice
10 Put the icing immediately after whipping on top of the cakes with a teaspoon & decorate with candied orange peel mixed with grated pistachio
11 Let the egg whites dry overnight (or you can put the cakes already with an icing in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 100C to fix the whites)
12 Enjoy and Happy Easter !

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