Tuesday, 26 December 2017

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Pebernøder - Danish Christmas Cookies



Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:
1. 1 tsp cinnamon powder (stødt kanel)
2. 1 tsp clove powder (stødt kardemomme)
3. 1 tsp star anise powder (stødt nellike)
4. A few grate of muscat nut (et lille nip muskat) (optional)
5. 500g graham flour or just plain flour
6. 1 tsp white pepper powder

Wet Ingredients:
1. 250g butter
2. 250g sugar
3. 1 egg
4. 2 TBS cream (piskefløde) (optional)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degree celsius.
2. Gather the dry ingredients into a bowl.
3. Beat butter, egg and suger together until blended
4. Add the dry ingredients (cinnamon powder, clove powder, star anise powder, muscat and flour) into the mixture.
5. Knead into a dough until it more or less doesn't stick to your hands.
6. Roll into small balls
7. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until golden in the oven.
8. Let cool and store in air-tight jar.

Additional Information:
I am making the Christmas cookies for guests, so decided to use the traditional Danish recipe rather than my healthy version. Baking powder is not necessary, as it expanded the pebernødder a lot into cookies instead. Our Little FECS told me that he didn't use baking powder, when they baked them at his school as well. As we ran out of white pepper, I didn't use any white pepper. I don't think it made much of a difference.

References:
https://www.alt.dk/mad/opskrift/pebernodder-a-la-lagkagehuset
https://www.dk-kogebogen.dk/opskrifter/visopskrift.php?id=23760
https://www.arla.dk/opskrifter/krydrede-pebernodder/
https://www.alt.dk/mad/opskrift/klassiske-pebernodder
https://www.dr.dk/mad/opskrift/gammeldags-pebernodder-med-kardemomme

 Here are the main ingredients: Muscat, star anise powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder, 1 egg, 250g butter, 2 TBS cream

 Add 1 tsp star anise powder into a bowl 

   Add 1 tsp clove powder into the bowl 

     Add 1 tsp cinnamon powder into the bowl 

  Grind in some muscat nut

 I added 1 tsp brewer's yeast (optional)


  I added 2 tsp wheat germ (optional)

 Add 500g flour

 Measure 250g sugar

 Measure 250g butter

 Beat butter

Add sugar and continue beating

 Crack an egg

 Continue to beat the wet ingredients until it is all well blended...

 Add 2 tsp cream (piskefløde)

Continue to beat the wet ingredients until it is all well blended...

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 Add the dry ingredients

 And mix well
 Use hands to knead into a dough

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