My all-time favourite christmas cookie is pebernødder! I haven’t seen them in England when I’ve been there for christmas so I’ve translated ‘pebernødder’ directly to English as ‘peppernuts’. I can’t begin to tell you how much my family, friends and I love these. The only problem when making these is that they get eaten faster than I can bake them. I hope you’ll like them too!
Peppernuts (600+ pieces)
250 g softened butter
250 g sugar
500 g flour
100 mL double cream (room temperature)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cardemom (powder)
2 tsp vanilla powder
With an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium to high speed until the sugar is dissolved and the butter mix gets a pale color.
Add double cream and beat at low speed to begin with.
Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and then mix it all into the butter mix. You are probably going to have to use your hands for this.
Knead the dough well until it’s firm and let rest for 15 minutes.
Take chunks of the dough and roll them into thin sausages ( approximately 1 cm diameter) and cut them into small pieces (1 cm).
Place them on a baking sheet. You can easily have between 140-150 peppernuts per sheet.
Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 10 minutes or till golden brown around the edges.
Let them cool and store them in an airtight box to keep them crispy :D
This dessert is a must-have on the Danish dinner tables on Christmas eve. It’s a sweet creamy vanilla flavored rice pudding with lots and lots of chopped almonds and is usually enjoyed with hot cherry sauce on top. In the bowl of risalamande you leave one whole almond for a lucky person to find and if you get it you get the “almond gift” which is sort of the prize of the evening. Very entertaining game that ensures everyone eats every last bit of this deliciously irresistible dessert. I’ve seen and tried so many varieties of this and at last I’ve reached my favourite recipe. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!
Ris á la mande
200 g pudding rice
1 L 3,5 % milk
3oo-400 mL water
1 vanilla bean
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp sugar
200 g almonds (roughly chopped)
400 mL whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla powder
Bring rice and water to boil on medium-high heat and add the salt.
Once the rice has absorbed the water, add milk and turn the heat down to the lowest temperature possible. Stir often.
Split the vanilla bean down its length with a small knife and scrape out the seeds. Add both the seeds and the empty vanilla pods to the pudding.
Let the pudding simmer for an hour while stirring every 5-10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t get burnt.
Blanch the almonds and let them cool. Then skin them and chop them roughly.
Add 4 tbsp sugar while the pudding is hot so it disolves and stir. Let it cool completely and refrigerate.
Once the pudding reaches the same temperature as the whipping cream (5 degrees celcius) it is ready to be transformed into risalamande ;)
To the whipping cream, add the remaining 4 tbsp sugar and vanilla powder and whisk until firm but don’t overdo it or you’ll make butter.
Now mix together the chilled pudding (remove the empty vanilla pods), the whipped cream and the almonds and voila! You’ve made risalamande.
One of my favorite things to do around Christmas is baking Christmas cookies. There is nothing better than homemade sweets to get you into the Christmas spirit. I hope you will like it. Let me know what you think :)
Recipe: Vanilla Wreaths (40 pieces)
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp vanilla powder
200 g softened butter
190 g sugar
225 g flour
80 g almond flour (grind it yourself for the best taste experience)
Split the vanilla bean down its length with a small knife and scrape out the seeds.
Now mix together the vanilla seeds, vanilla powder, butter and sugar in bowl. The softer the butter is the easier it will be to pipe the dough later so leave it out overnight if possible.
Add the egg and mix.
Add the flour and the almond flour and mix until you have a sticky dough.
The dough is ready for piping. There are several ways to give the vanilla wreaths their beautiful shape but I think the easiest way is with a piping bag and a star nozzle. I use a a wilton 1M nozzle. Fill the piping bag with the dough.
Pipe small wreaths (5 cm diameter) on a baking sheet with approximately 2 cm between each wreath.
Bake in the oven at 200 degrees celcius for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
This is something different and something I do rarely BUT let me explain: I have a quick easy recipe for you guys today and not because I love being in the kitchen and cook (I’m a lazy person) but because I love this snack and it’s one of my musts to do for christmas AND it is so easy. No matter how lazy you are, this one you can manage to do if you really like them, or that’s at least of I feel. With that said; another reason is I’m so busy with studies at the moment so I haven’t got the chance to take photos today or yesterday. This week is very stressful and I don’t have the time to take pictures and edit everyday like I’ve done so far in December. I will keep up with posting December Diary Posts everyday but they might not be about my everyday every single time because nothing interesting is happening in the weekdays right now. I’m just studying all day.
Today I have an easy recipe for you guys. It is a Danish confectionary christmas snack that I love so much:
So all you have to do is mixing the butter, oatmeal, sugar, cocoa powder and coffee and then you shape them and at last you put some desiccated coconut on them and that’s it! It takes about 10-15 minutes to do and it tastes delicious!
As I’ve mentioned earlier on the blog: I’m not a big fan of the kitchen, cooking or baking. I am a big fan of eating everything though. With that said I am trying to change my attitude towards the whole kitchen,cooking and baking thing. I’m taking very small steps because I do have work, study and a bunch of other things beside cooking, but whenever I have the time I’m actually trying. *yeah I know, I’m surprised too -.-*
A week ago or so I decided to make apple pie because it’s fall and I really wanted something yummy and I looooove apple pies!