A handful of Peppernuts

Getting ready for Christmas with a handful of Peppernuts  Photo Stefan Stafrace

Getting ready for Christmas with a handful of Peppernuts
Photo Stefan Stafrace

Peppernuts are a great preamble to Christmas. Even looking at them in the jars mixed with a colorful sweet assortment gives me a warm feeling of a family home. For my recipe you will need:

1/4 cup icing sugar
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
a bit of vanilla
grated zest of 1/4 lemon
grated zest of 1/4 orange
a pinch of ground ginger

Heat the honey in a saucepan on low heat and add the sugar. Stir until it dissolves. Remove from the heat. ย Allow to cool. ย Then add the eggs.

In a bowl, sift the flour. Add the salt, spices, grated citrus zest and bicarbonate of soda. Stir then add the egg and honey mixture. ย  If the dough is dry, add two tablespoons of water at a time until you form a dough. Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C
Prepare a dish with baking spray.
Uncover the dough and cut a small portion and roll into a long and thin shape using your hands and the clean surface of your worktop.
Use a sharp knife to cut into small pieces. Separate the pieces and place on a baking tray.

Pre-bake peppernuts Photo Ian Noel Pace

Pre-bake peppernuts
Photo Ian Noel Pace

I used a spring form cake tin. Bake for around 8 minutes until they are golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before storing them in glass container

To be eaten like nuts because they are so moreish :) Photo Felix Cesare

To be eaten like nuts because they are so moreish ๐Ÿ™‚
Photo Felix Cesare

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