Today we will tell you about what is included in the composition of the pastille. Also find out how to cook this delicious delicacy at home.
Before considering the composition of the pastille, I want to talk about what the product is in general.
Pastilla is called a sweet dish of Russian cuisine. By the way, in the 19th century this word was written through the letter "o". In those days, however, as now, it was understood as something spread out and related to the technology of production.
Of what do?
The composition of the pastille can be different. Especially there are house and shop sweets. After all, the first product includes only natural ingredients. As for the second, it is often added to various flavors and dyes. That is why it is recommended to make the paste at home, and not to buy it in the supermarket.
Today, this product can be made fromcompletely different components. For example, very often the paste is made from whipped apple puree (it's better to take the sourish fruit). In addition, the mentioned sweetness is usually cooked from the pulp of the following berries: rowan, lingonberry, raspberry and currant.
Also in the composition of the pastille must necessarily include granulated sugar. After all, without this ingredient, it will be sour and tasteless. By the way, before the 19th century, instead of sugar, ordinary honey was added to the pastille.
What other ingredients include homemade pastille? Doing such a delicacy at home, some housewives put egg white in it. This component is optional. However, it is due to him that the pastille becomes much lighter.
Where do they dry?
Previously, berry or apple pasta, a recipewhich we will consider below, was made exclusively in the Russian oven. Such heat treatment is suitable for making this sweetness best. After all, the oven gives the effect of gradually fading heat, which ensures uniform drying of puree, honey or sugar, as well as egg white.
Today, such a product is dried in the sun, ina special dryer or in the oven. If you decide to use the latter option, then you should know that it is necessary to cook this pasty for a long time at minimum fire.
Pastry: product composition
Making sweetness at home, you always know what composition it has. However, this can not be said about the shop delicacy.
So what ingredients does the purchase include? The composition of the product should always be indicated on the packaging. Typically, the store pasta includes the following components:
- fruit puree (for example, apple);
- granulated sugar;
- wheat flour or starch (for fastening the product);
- products of animal origin, namely chicken eggs.
Among other things, some manufacturers add dyes and flavors (natural or synthetic), flavor enhancers, preservatives, emulsifiers and fillers to the product.
How to make a pastille at home?
Preparation of homemade pastille takes a long time. However, the result will definitely please you.
So, we need:
- apples sort Antonovka - about 2 kg;
- granulated sugar - 200 g.
To make a homemade pastille, you need a goodwash all the fruits, and then clean them, put them in a bowl for baking and pour ½ glass of water. In this form, the ingredients must be sent to the oven for 40 minutes. Cooking apples is desirable at a temperature of 170 degrees.
After the fruits become soft, they should beRemove from the oven and wipe through a sieve. Having received a thick mashed potatoes, it must be boiled for a third, putting on a small fire. This process can take you about 30 minutes. In this case, all ingredients should be stirred periodically. In the end, you should get a very thick and slightly golden mass.
To make homemade pastilles air and light, to mash it is required to add granulated sugar, and then beat it with a mixer.
After the described actions, the apple massIt is necessary to place on a baking sheet, which should be laid in advance with parchment. Puree is desirable to spread 2-3 cm thick. If in the future you are going to roll the dried paste in a tube, then the layer of apple mass should not be more than 5 millimeters.
Dry the ready-made semi-finished products in the sun. But in this case the pastille will be ready only after a few days. If you need to get sweetness today, then we suggest placing the stuffed baking sheet in the oven. Prepare such a paste is desirable with a minimum power of about 11 hours. In this case, it is desirable to keep the oven door ajar.
After the pastille has dried, it is necessaryremove from the baking sheet along with the parchment. Put the product on the board with paper up, it should be covered with a damp towel. In a few minutes the parchment will go away by itself. In the future, you can sprinkle the sugar with powdered sugar, cut and roll into rolls. Store them preferably in a refrigerator in a bag.