Happy Christmas everybody

Hi folks,

Just thought I’d write a quick post to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I hope you all have a good one.

Now I want to share with you a recipe that has a lot of the traditional Christmas spices and is quite quick and simple to do. It is for a traditional German treat called Pfeffernusse and is quite delicious.

Pfeffernusse recipe
Makes 12
Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground mace
  • A pinch of salt
  • 225g honey
  • 30g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs

For finishing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • A little plum jam
  • About 150g dark chocolate

Method

1.In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
2.Melt the honey and butter together in a saucepan then leave to cool until lukewarm.
3.Whisk the eggs into the cooled honey and butter, then add this to the flour mix and beat together with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for an hour, to firm up. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
4.Lightly grease a baking tray with butter. Take dessert spoonfuls of the mix, roll into balls using floured hands, and place on the baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
5.Whisk together the icing sugar and water. Melt the chocolate gently in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Dip half the pfeffernusse in the icing, and put them back on the rack. When the icing has set, dip again. Cut the tops off the other half, scoop out a little of the inside, and dab in a little plum jam. Replace the tops, and dip in the chocolate. Return to the wire rack.
6.Remove the pfeffernusse to a silicone mat or baking parchment before they set completely, to stop them sticking to the rack. Prepare them on Christmas Eve and eat within two days.

I hope you enjoy these festive treats. Next issue I will give you a recipe for a nice Christmas loaf packed full of fruit, a nice alternative to Christmas cake. Eat it warm with lashings of butter on a cold winter morning – heaven!

Well, that’s it for now so until next time…