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  • Total Time

    45m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      15m
  • Serves

    25
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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These soft German biscuits are made with honey and flavoured with ginger, cocoa and seasonal spices. You can ice them with a sugar glaze or with chocolate- whichever you prefer. Delicious with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Method

  1. Weigh out the flour, almonds, spices, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a medium bowl.

    • 250g Plain White Flour (We use Allinson)
    • 75g Almonds (ground)
    • 2tsp Ginger (ground)
    • 1tsp Cinnamon
    • Pinch Cloves (ground)
    • Pinch Nutmeg (ground)
    • 2tsp Cocoa powder
    • 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
    • 1tsp Baking powder
  2. Melt the honey and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts, then pour it over the flour and spice mixture. Mix well until the dough is combined and fairly stiff. Cover and leave to cool for 30 minutes.

    • 200g Honey
    • 75g Butter (unsalted)
  3. Heat oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4).

  4. Shape the dough into about 20 fat golf ball sized balls. Place on baking trays lined with baking parchment, leaving room for them to expand. Flatten each one to make a round biscuit about 1 cm thick. Bake for 15 minutes until just tinged brown on the edges, then cool on a wire rack.

  5. Mix the icing sugar with a few teaspoons of water until you have a smooth, runny consistency. Dip the top of half of the biscuits in the icing and leave to set.

    • 100g Icing Sugar (We use Silver Spoon)
    • 3tsp Water
  6. Melt the chocolate in a microwave on medium power for 1 minute, or until melted. Dip the top of the remaining biscuits in the chocolate then leave to set.

    • 100g Plain chocolate (70% cocoa)

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