Gingerbread

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Hello everyone! Today I will show you guys a recipe which in my opinion is the most fun cookie you can make for christmas. It´s gingerbread. (: I really love eating gingerbread but even more like baking and

decorating them with icing. I always make some of my ginger bread adding an almond on top, some with icing and some just plain, just in case someone doesn´t like icing or nuts and anyway it´s always nice to have a good variety. How have you liked our previous recipes?

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DSC_0270Here´s my grandma´s recipe

  • 1kg rye flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 kg of honey
  • 250g butter
  • 250g sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 package of gingerbread spice
  • 1 egg whisked, for brushing your gingerbread
  • almonds (as you prefer): You can either buy them peeled but if you still have some unpeeled ones at home. Heat some water until boiling. Add your almonds, and let them cook for 1-2 minutes. Drain them and then you can easily peel them.

Melt butter and stir in honey over medium heat. Remove from stove and let it cool off a little bit.

Combine flour, baking soda, ginger bread spice and sugar in a large bowl. Add melted butter and honey mixture. You can either use a food processor or start kneading the dough with your hands. Add the eggs, one after another and keep on kneading the dough until smooth. Let your dough rest for an hour in a cool place and then roll it out on a floured working surface.

Cut out stars, ginger bread  men, hearts, whatever you prefer with cookie cutters and lay them on a parchment paper covered tray.DSC_0190

When you have cut out all your cookies brush them with your whisked egg, so they will get a nice shiny color when they come out from the oven! Bake for 20-25 minutes (oven temperature 175°C) until they have a nice dark goldfish brown colour.

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Let them cool off on the trays and meanwhile fix your icing.

  • 2 tbs. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. egg whites

Combine powdered sugar and egg whites.

Make your own piping bag easily… shown here in a few steps

DSC_0223Cut out a 90° triangle.
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Fold left side to the top corner.
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DSC_0227Do the same with the right corner.
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Pull all three corners together and roll into a cone until bottom whole disappears.

DSC_0233Fill in icing and cut a tiny whole into your piping bag.
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My advice:

I always use a cutting board covered with a dish towel and lean it against a table on my lap.

So you can perfectly spread your icing.

Have fun!

Nadja

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