Festive baking for the holiday season
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(CS) The days before Christmas are the ideal time for baking some festive treats and wort.lu has selected a delicious gingerbread recipe for you to try at home.
These gingerbread stars are perfect as a little treat to go with a cup of tea or maybe even a mug of hot Glühwein. Very crispy they are ideal for dunking into hot chocolate, but they will also soften when you leave them out, for example hanging from your Christmas tree.
Watch the video for a baking tutorial or copy the recipe below and use these cold and rainy days to de-stress during the busy time before Christmas.
- Step 1:
Put 200g caster sugar, one sachet of vanilla sugar, four tablespoons of milk, 150g butter and 125g liquid honey into a pan and melt the ingredients together at medium heat. Stir frequently. When everything is combined pour the mixture into a bowl and leave it to cool.
- Step 2:
In a separate bowl sieve together 400g all-purpose flour, 100g cornstarch, one sachet of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and one tablespoon ground cinnamon.
- Step 3:
When the honey and sugar mixture has cooled off add a few drops of almond extract and then, using a handheld whisk or kitchen machine, mix under around two thirds of the flower mixture.
- Step 4:
The rest of the flour is kneaded into the dough on a flat surface. Add flour if you need to to keep the dough from sticking. When ready, roll the dough out to about 5mm thickness and use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. With a smaller cutter add a whole in the middle. Place the cookies on a lined baking tray and then bake for between 10 to 15 minutes at 180°C.
- Step 5:
While the cookies are cooling off you can start making the icing, by whisking one egg white with one tablespoon of lemon juice and then adding around 200 to 250g powdered sugar by the spoonful. The icing should be creamy, but not runny. If it gets too hard add more lemon juice. You can also add a few drops of food colouring.
- Step 6:
Once the cookies are cooled off, fill the icing into a piping bag and start decorating. To finish, you can pull a ribbon through the middle to hang the cookies from the Christmas tree. Of course, you can also make gingerbread men or use any other type of cookie cutter shape.
Happy baking and Merry Christmas!