Spelt & Rye Spiced Biscuits
The smell of baked mixed spice wafting through the house is what truly defines Christmas for me, it takes me back to the years I lived in Frankfurt , the shops where full of the best every Christmas confections, biscuits and cakes. If I could transport myself there for a few days over Christmas I would visit the Weihnachtsmarkt with my good friend Petra, drink Gluewein by the Christmas tree and subject her to English carols with my cat warbles. We would eat sausages & sauerkraut and fill our bags with Lebkucken and marzipan treats, well I would anyway, Petra wouldn’t need to as she can pop them in her shopping bag anytime. Viel spass meine liebe freundin und trink eins fuer mich auf dem Markt!
But it is another friend who inspired me to bake spiced cookies in November, I had been chatting to Arfi of Homemades on Twitter about baking ammonium (hirschhornsaltz) used in Swedish spiced biscuits and where to buy the ingredient which doesn’t seem to be available here. All the talk of Christmas biscuits and spices had me longing for some goodies all day so I rushed home and put these together. I have used a combination of Spelt and Rye Flour, the Rye leaves little kernels in the mouth after the biscuit is gone which I love, a bit nutty. If you don’t like that texture then stick to all Spelt flour.
If anyone knows where we can buy Ammonium Carbonate, Bakers Ammonia in NZ please let me know.
This is also my entry to our monthly blogging event Sweet NZ which is being hosted this month by Lucy over at The Kitchenmaid. Do pop over to her blog and see what she is up to as well as our Kiwi round up of sweet treats at teh end of the month.
100g brown sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 ground cardamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp water
slivered almonds to garnish
Pre heat oven to 180C. You will need 3 baking trays.
Beat together the butter and brown with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add flour & spices to the butter mixture and mix until just combined (maybe a little crumbly).
To form the dough add the 2 tablespoons of water and knead dough together slightly
Flatten the dough and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
To roll the dough out lay the dough between two sheets of greeseproof paper and roll dough to approximately ‘cheese cracker’ thickness.
Refrigerate in sheet form for 10 minutes, it’s easier to cut chilled dough.
Cut out biscuits with your preferred cookie shape. I used mini circles which made about 45 and place the biscuit shapes onto a non stick baking tray.
Decorate with slivered almonds if you wish.
Bake biscuits for 10 minutes. The biscuits will be dark brown due to the spelt and rye flour.
Allow to cool.
The biscuits will keep for a week in an airtight container.