Makings in advent.
Air dried clay ornaments,( in between arguing over who had more clay)the children had a great time making me guess what implements had made what impressions. We used cookie cutters to cut them out and they took 2 days to dry thoroughly.
So many stars…
Sweet Swiss wood cut decorations from our time in the Interlaken region this year.
lily made her own cosy house transparency one morning.
As we love our Swiss Christmas biscuit tradition so much, I will share
I have a new favourite Zimpt Sterne Rezept / cinnamon star recipe this year
This one is gluten free also.
(sorry S for giving you the sticky old one…)
I can’t remember if it’s a copy from somewhere or if I adapted something else. It’s written on a scrap of torn paper with a swimming lesson note on the back….
Zimpt Sterne/Cinnamon Stars
250g almond meal for the biscuits
150g almond meal Extra for sticky dough or dusting while you roll out
1 cup rapadura sugar
2tsp ground cinnamon or more to taste
A small pinch of clove powder
2 egg whites beaten stiff
Mix 250g almond meal, sugar, spices and egg white to a pliable dough. Add more almond meal if it’s too sticky. You will know! It really shouldn’t be a painful messy experience! I knead the dough quite vigorously in the bowl.
Dust with almond meal and roll out on/or between baking paper to about 5 mm thick.
Refrigerate overnight or at least three hours.
Cut out your stars, rinse your cutters if they’re getting too sticky, dust everything with almond meal as you go if needed.
Bake at 180’c for about 8 minutes. Pull them out of the oven when the bottoms are going slightly brown as I like them when they’re more chewy than dry and crisp! Oops many a black star has come outta my kitchen.
Cool them on a rack and invite me around for a cuppa and a biscuit.
I mean share them with your friends and family….
As an option you can mix beaten egg white with icing sugar and decorate them pre baking. More sticky messy fun! I bought a piping bag especially. Then you have snow capped biscuits. So appropriate for Advent in summer Australia, don’t you agree?
Inspired by The Children Of Noisy Village(Astrid Lindgren) Cedar suggested we have a bean guessing game and make a prize cookie from all the scraps of dough. They got a jar of chickpeas and a notebook to record all the guesses from our home and neighbours. The children ran around giving biscuit samples and collecting guesses, displaying the prize cookie!
Well done J for guessing 1004, hard to believe this little jar held 1163 chickpeas! mm enjoy that cookie! I was sure there where only 381…..