I grew up on honey biscuits at Christmas. All part of my German heritage. But I’ve never made them before so this year I fixed that. A few emails and telephone calls to Mum set me up so I made the dough on Sat arvo for cooking on Sunday morning. The recipe, from Addie Paschke, is as follows:
Combine 1 lb honey and 1 lb sugar, combine and heat, dissolve sugar. Allow to cool slightly and add 3 beaten eggs, gradually combine. Then add 1 tsp ginger, 1 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp all spice and 2 tsp cinnamon. Mix well. Dissolve 4 tsp carb soda in 1/4 cup of boiling water, add to mixture. Then mix in flour until dough is firm but not too stiff ( a bit over a kilo). Place in airtight container overnight in fridge. Remove dough from fridge next day and allow at least 2hrs before baking. Roll out dough, use cookie cutters of your choice and cook in a 180C oven for 8 to 9 mins.
I was very happy with the result but may have overcooked some of the smaller biscuits. Anyway, did 14 trays and now have a good stockpile for the festive season.
We did some traditional shapes – Xmas trees, bells, stars plus some not so traditional shapes like ninja bread men and shoes!
Shoes and stars ready to be baked.
Ninja bread men awaiting to be tanned.
The mornings work cooling and ready to be packed away.