Kisses or celufki are tasty and easy to make sweets, which evoke childhood memories for me. The word celufki derrives from “celuva”, meaning “to kiss”. Celufki are remark of Krushevo city, which is known for the best celufki and lokumi in the country. We have friends who live there and I remember they always brought us celufki when came in visit. Oh, those were so happy moments for us-the kids.
My mom also used to prepare us homemade celufki sometimes and I remember how impatiently we waited for them to be removed from the hot oven and to eat them instantly.
How to prepare these kisses? Very easy.
- 4 egg whites
- 250 g sugar
- 1 vanilla sugar
- couple of drops of lemon juice
- Beat the 4 egg whites with 250 g sugar and 1 vanilla. It’s the best if you slightly mix the egg whites first, then gradually add the sugar with the vanilla. Add the lemon juice drops. Mix at least 10-15 minutes until sugar is dissolved, so it won’t be felt in sweets. Optionally, add chopped nuts, chocolate or dried fruit.
- Make forms using a baking syringe or a spoon and place on a baking pan covered with baking paper.
- Bake in preheated oven at 130 C for 20-30 minutes. Kisses should be dried in the oven, not baked like other sweets. They will be ready when they would become hard on touch, but be careful not to burn them and not to get yellow color, that’s why they are baked at low temperature 100-150 C degrees, depends on the oven.