Pepper Nut Biscuits
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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.
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
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
- Sift the flour, baking powder and spices together in a bowl.
- Heat the honey and butter gently in a small saucepan until the butter melts. Cool until only just warm then mix in the egg.
- Add the honey mixture to the spiced flour and mix well to form a dough. Chill.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper, then grease.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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