Bakery near Ignalina
This is another part of our trip around Lithuania. In the morning of the second day of our trip, after a coffee and light breakfast, we went to Ignalina. Our destination was bakery Romnesa, where Lithuanian desert sakotis (šakotis, šakočiai or raguolis), what is national delicacy, is produced.
Sakotis is a special muffin in a shape of tree with a hollow in the middle prepared by monks since 15th century. Similar kind of muffins is also popular in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Hungary and Japan. However, every country has own specific traditions of preparing them. Variants of preparing may vary but just for an example here is one sakotis recipe (keep in mind that the same importance as ingredients also is technology of sakotis preparation). In this case, sakotis was made on open fire. We were also told about history of sakotis (there is a small museum inside factory’s premises) as well as made our own.
Size of sakotis depends from amount of eggs used for its preparation.
Components of Lithuanian desert sakotis
1/2 cup butter;
1/2 cup sugar;
1/2 tea spoon finely grated lemon peel;
1/2 teaspoon vanilla;
6 egg yolks;
2/3 cup flour;
1/3 cup cornstarch;
6 egg whites;
1/4 tea spoon salt;
1/4 cup sugar
Preparation of sakotis
1. Cream butter until light and gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar, lemon peel and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
2. Add yolks, one a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Mix flour with 1/3 cup of corn starch, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir into butter mixture.
4. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beat till stiff peaks form.
5. Stir a small amount of egg white into flour mixture, fold flour mixture into egg whites.
6. Bake on rotating cone.
Do not forget to remove your sakotis from the cone before serving – it looks so tasty that anyone would like to try it straigt away.