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Friday, December 28, 2012

Gingerbread cakes (reindeers, Santas, hearts)


100 g melted butter
5 Tbsp honey
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
      (egg-white will be
      needed for decoration)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
0.5 tsp ground clove
1 tsp ground or grated ginger
400 g flour
0.5 tsp baking soda
1 small pinch salt
(1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder can be added to get browner pastry)

Combine melted butter, honey, 2 eggs + 1 yolk (1 egg-white should be set aside in a bowl, it will be used for decoration).
Stir well and add the flour (mixed with baking soda, cocoa powder and salt).
You should get a very soft dough which is needed to be covered with foil and set aside for minimum 2 hours (better for 1 whole day).
Roll out the dough on a floured surface until a thickness of 3-4 mm.
You need to cut hearts, stars and reindeer heads and bake them in pre-heated 160°C warm oven for 8-10 mins.
(For reindeers you need bigger dark brown circles, smaller light brown circles and reindeer horns to shape)

Icing sugar decoration:
1 egg-white
5 drops of lemon juice
powdered sugar (200-300 g)
Stir them well till the sugar will be hardly fluid and put it into a small plastic sachet
You can add food colourant to the sugar and use it for decoration and 'glue' of pastries

Bright red coating (for Santas and hearts):

1egg yolk
Red food colourant

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and use a flat paint brush to apply the coating

For reindeer noses use 'm&m’s'.

Filled cakes:
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 small pinch salt
Mascarpone cream:
250 g mascarpone
200 ml whipped cream (sweet)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey
1 egg yolk

Combine the honey, sugar, butter, egg then add the flour (mixed with cinnamon, baking powder and salt)
Set this soft dough into the fridge for an hour, then fill muffin baking forms with it shaping small baskets.
Bake them in pre-heated oven for 10-15 mins.

Fill them with the mascarpone cream (combine the mascarpone with cinnamon, honey and yolk, stir well, then add whipped cream and stir carefully)

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