Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas gingerbreads

My this week's post on the Hungary starts here blog:
originally uploaded by molamoni

Even in early December the whole city is decorated for Christmas, the Xmas lights are up, the first Advent candles are lit in homes and in churches, the Christmas Market starts, the malls are also filled with Christmases trees and of course with shoppers. In spite of everything show that Xmas season is here and all the decorations look very attractive, to me the Xmas season just starts really when I bake the first tin gingerbread together with my children and my flat filled with the sweet smell of ginger, cinnamon, honey and clove :)

my ginger breads before baking
originally uploaded by Nóra

I bake gingerbreads every year, circa a week before Xmas. I usually bake more portions, one of them to decorate the Xmas tree, one of them to eat ( this portion I put in a metal box, that they soften for Xmas eve), and nowadays I bake one more portion to the kindergarten too :)

250 gram honey
100 gram butter
500 gram flour
100 gram sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 yolk
1 tbs mixed ginger, cinnamon and clave (mix them to taste)
1 white of egg and icing sugar for the glaze decorating

Warm up the butter with the honey and sugar.
Add flour, baking soda, beaten egg and the spices. Knead well and let rise the dough for 4-5 hour.
Roll out thin the dough and cut cake forms, if you like that the cake will be bright then smear with yolk.
Decorate before baking with hazelnuts, walnuts, raisins and drageé.
Bake at 220 Celsius, for 5-6 minutes.
After baking decorate with icing glaze, if you desire.

originally uploaded by Nóra

Some another typical Hungarian Christmas cakes you can see here.

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