Pepper Nut Biscuits

    25 minutes

    These are a spicy and nut filled biscuit that are also known as 'Pfefferneuse'. They are filled with jam and traditionally given to children in December.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 pinch ground mace, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 200ml honey
    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 tablespoons plum jam
    • 150g dark chocolate, in chunks
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sieved
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices together in a bowl.
    2. Heat the honey and butter gently in a small saucepan until the butter melts. Cool until only just warm then mix in the egg.
    3. Add the honey mixture to the spiced flour and mix well to form a dough. Chill.
    4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper, then grease.
    5. Shape the dough into balls about 2.5cm in diameter and arrange on the prepared tray. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen. Cool.
    6. Cut the tops off. Put a little jam inside then replace the tops. Melt the dark chocolate. Dip the jam-filled biscuits into the chocolate until completely covered. Leave to dry on baking paper.
    7. Mix the icing sugar with 1/4 cup water to form a thin glaze. Use this to ice the remaining biscuits and leave to dry on greaseproof paper.

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