|PS : got this mint copy of the JoC for $5 in New York!|
This book has advice on nutrition and every recipe anyone ever needed. My friends said their mums cooked only from it so it's stuff they grew up on. And as you would expect in Luxemburg, it has a fairly good mix of French-, and German-inspired recipes with the local staples too (it is written in German). Luxemburg specialties include Bounenschlupp, a green bean soup, Judd mat Bounen, salted pork knuckles with fava beans, kachkéis, a cheese spread, among others.
I will probably come back with a more typical recipe in the future, but what with Xmas coming up, I thought this spicy biscuit recipe would be more seasonal.
500g flour ( I included about 100g wholewheat)
150g ground hazelnuts (with skins on)
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 sachet baking powder (about 1 generous tbsp)
Heat the butter, honey and sugar until melted. Let cool a little.
Mix the dry ingredients and slowly combine them with the melted honey mix. Add the eggs and mix.
Let the dough rest for a couple of hours or overnight in a cool place. Roll out to the thickness of a pencil(!) and cut out shapes. Bake at 180°-190°C. Glaze with royal icing or chocolate glaze.
Royal icing is a mixture of icing sugar, egg white and a few drops of lemon juice. If, like me, you're worried about the raw egg contents -I broke the yolk!- you can let the icing dry in a low oven (80°C) for 10 minutes.
The biscuits are dry and crunchy and the perfect accompaniment to acup of Christmas-flavoured tea. I think that if you put a slice of apple in the tin they soften, but I quite like them the way they are.