German cuisine: spekulos- Christmas sweets.

The national German cuisine is inconceivable without this festive dishes like spekulus. So we call a kind of crunchy almond cookies, which are made for the Christmas holiday in Europe.

The basis of the name — the word speculator, which translated from Latin means «seeing.» This is one of the names that is St. Nicholas. His figure, along with Christmas trees and stars, is often used in the design of festive dishes. Originally called simply spekulusom Christmas bread.
Although spekulus known in many western countries, in each of them there are special recipes for this Christmas sweets. The national German cuisine also has its differences in cooking spekulusa.

For example, spekulus cinnamon cook so:
-350 grams of flour,
-250 grams kassonada (Belgian brown sugar)
-200 grams of butter,
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
-1 teaspoon special blend of cloves, nutmeg, ginger and anise in equal proportions,
-5 grams of salt
-5 grams of disintegrant.

Add to the mixture to spekulusa (sugar and cinnamon) softened butter and knead it all together until smooth. Add the egg and knead again.

In a separate container Sift flour and mix it with the stated amounts of salt and baking powder. Subscribe to the flour to the butter with herbs. Then again sweep the dough until smooth.

Cover with foil and leave the dough for twelve hours in the refrigerator.

Roll out the dough to a thickness of three to four millimeters and cut using molds Christmas figurines.

Often with the help of wooden or iron forms made biscuits in the form of rectangles. Obtained patterns like miniature paintings. They depict events from the Gospel, ships, homesteading, exotic and domestic animals, mills, etc.

Bake cookies should be ten minutes at a temperature of two hundred degrees on a baking sheet with baking paper, greased.

With the right preparation spekulus should turn out crispy and thin enough.

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