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.  Allow to cool.  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.   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 🙂
Photo Felix Cesare

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