4 cups ground nuts
1 cup sugar, plus ½ cup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold
4 large eggs, separated
¼ cup milk
2 jars store-bought apricot filling or make your own (see Note)
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
In a small bowl, mix together 3½ cups of the nuts, 1 cup of the sugar,
and the cinnamon.
Reserve ½ cup of nuts for topping the meringue.
In a measuring cup, combine the yeast and warm water; set aside.
Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the butter, and mix until the texture
is like pie dough, blending until it comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Slightly beat the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks, milk, and yeast to the flour
Place the dough on a floured board and knead. Divide the dough into thirds.
Roll the first portion of the dough to fit a large glass 15½ ×
10½-inch casserole dish, allowing the dough to come up the sides of
the dish (the pastry can be patched if it tears during this process).
Spread the nut mixture over the dough. Roll out the second portion of the
dough and place it over the nut mixture. Spread the apricot filling on top.
Roll out the third portion of the dough and place it on top of the apricot
filling. Using a large fork, prick through all the layers.
Note: To make your own apricot filling, cook 24 ounces of dried apricots,
covered in water, until soft and plump. Drain. Mash while still hot with
a potato masher, or blend in a food processor. Add about 1 cup sugar while
the mixture is still hot. Makes 24 to 30 cookies