Here’s my adaptation of the more traditional recipe by Maria Dernikos over at (https://figandquince.com/2014/03/16/persian-koloocheh-perfect-for-norooz-made-by-a-gracious-lady/). I’ve used wholewheat flours, made the dough in my trusty breadmaker, added a bit more of the walnut and cinnamon filling (Husband demanding more cinnamon, as per usual) – and made it vegan, of course.
- 75ml water
- 75ml plant milk (I used soya)
- 75ml plant yogurt (I used soya and coconut, because it was nearly half price)
- 80g coconut oil/vegan spread (I used Vitalite)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 250g wholewheat bread flour
- 250g wholewheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 70g plant syrup (I used coconut syrup – it comes in a glass jar instead of plastic! Yaaay!)
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 50g walnuts
- 50g icing sugar
- Cinnamon to taste
Begin by layering all the dough ingredients into your machine in the order your breadmaker needs them, then set it to make dough.
As your dough kneads, make the filling by either grinding the walnuts with a mortar and pestle or blitzing them in a blender. I like the mortar and pestle because it’s quiet! You don’t wanna be making walnut butter here or anything – more live a gravel-and-sand texture. Sorry, I know that doesn’t sound very appetizing…Anyway, mix your crushed walnuts into the icing sugar and cinnamon and your filling is ready.
Once the dough is ready, roll it into balls about the size of a clementine. Then make a hole in each ball with your thumb until it’s almost like a little bowl, fill the little bowl with your walnut and cinnamon filling, and close it up again so it is once more a cute little ball. As it’s a rich dough,they should close up quite easily. Flatten it out a little and, if you like, print a pattern on the top. Using the nozzle from an icing piper like Maria Dernikos looks really nice; I used an apple corer to make what looked like a shining Sun print on top of each one.
Bake your koloocheh at Gas Mark 6/200C/400F for 20 minutes, until baked and golden.
Hide some before they all get stolen!
If you end up with leftover cinnamon and walnut filling, it’s good sprinkled over cereal. I ended up with 16 of these little ones; I also experimented with a batch of 10 larger koloocheh, and they only took 5 minutes longer to bake.