January 13, 2012

Winter

It's getting cold outside






and cozy inside.



We try to make up for what we missed in December - baking cookies * and sipping tea with friends.



It's nice to be back home after spending the Holidays with family and friends in Germany. I can't wait to take the kids back for the summer.



*
spicy Danish cookies

2 sticks (1/2 lb) butter * 3/4 cup organic unrefined sugar * 1/2 cup agave syrup * 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger * 2 1/2 teaspoon ground gloves * 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon * 1 cup almonds, blanched, peeled and lightly chopped * 1 1/4 teaspoon Potasche (or 2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda) * 3 1/2 to 4 cups white spelt flour

In a medium sauce pan combine butter, sugar and agave syrup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and add spices and chopped almonds. Let it cool until warm to touch, then add baking soda (potasche) and flour. Shape the dough into 2-3 rolls, about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll in parchment paper and refrigerate for a couple of hours until hardened. It can be stored for several days. Remove the chilled log from the refrigerator at least 1 hr before baking. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut into thin slices and place on parchment paper lined tray, bake for 6-8 minutes.

Enjoy !!

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